(obsolete) A stew.
The floating dust in a flour mill caused by the operation of grinding.
* 1867 , The British Farmer's Magazine , Volum LII, New Series,
- (De Colange)
- The removal of the heated air, steam, stive , and flour from the millstones, is a proposition which does not appear to be more than sufficiently well understood.
* stive-box, stive-room
To be stifled or suffocated.
To compress, to cram; to make close and hot; to render stifling.
* Sir H. Wotton
* 1796 , Amelia Simmons, , 1996 Bicentennial Facsimile Edition,
- His chamber was commonly stived with friends or suitors of one kind or other.
* 1836 , T. S. Davis (editor), Kitchen Poetry'', ''Every Body's Album , Volume 1,
- Let your cucumbers be ?mall, fre?h gathered, and free from ?pots; then make a pickle of ?alt and water, ?trong enough to bear an egg; boil the pickle and ?kim it well, and then pour it upon your cucumbers, and ?tive them down for twenty four hours;.
* 1851 , , Margaret: A Tale of the Real and Ideal, Blight and Bloom , 1871,
- And here I mist stay, / In this stived up kitchen to work all day.
- "Things are a good deal stived up," answered the Deacon.
(historical) A small Dutch coin worth one twentieth of a guilder.
Anything of small value.
* 1761 , , The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman , vol. 4 (Penguin 2003, p. 223):
- ’Tis not worth a single stiver , said the bandy-leg'd drummer.
- [A]ll hands, including the captain, received certain shares of the profits called lays . . . . And though the 275th lay was what they call a rather long lay, yet it was better than nothing; and if we had a lucky voyage, might pretty nearly pay for the clothing I would wear out on it, not to speak of my three years' beef and board, for which I would not have to pay one stiver .