(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.
To copulate with (a woman).
* c.1674 , John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, A Satyr on Charles II
* 2005 , Sophia B. Johnson, Risk Everything :
- 'Tis sure the sauciest prick that e'er did swive
* 2008 , Sarah McKerrigan, Lady Danger :
- “You were in such heat to swive me, you tore the clothes from your body.”
* 2009 , Bernard Cornwell, Gallows Thief :
- He didn't intend to swive her here in the tiltyard, did he? Surely he was not so heathen as that.
(dialectal) To cut a crop in a sweeping or rambling manner, hence to reap; cut for harvest.
* 1815 , Walter Davies, Board of Agriculture, Agricultural Surveys: pts. 1-2. South Wales (1815) , page 426
- His mother was a holy damned fool and swiving her was like rogering a prayerful mouse, and the bloody fool thinks he's taken after her, but he hasn't.
* 1815 , Walter Davies, Board of Agriculture, General view of the agriculture and domestic economy of South Wales, Volume 1 , page 425
- The cradled scythes of the Vale of Towey were scarcely known in the Vale of Teivy; and the swiving method of reaping wheat in the latter, was as little known in the former ...
* 1905 , Joseph Wright, English Dialect Dictionary , page 893
- Swiving is a method first adopted apparently in Cardiganshire ...
* 1929 , Mary Gladys Meredith Webb, Precious Bane
- swive' ... to cut grain or beans with a broad hook; to mow with a reaping-hook ... "swiver": a reaper who "' swives " the grain
* 1955 , Ceredigion Historical Society, Ceredigion: Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Association - Volumes 2-3 , page 160
- We started swiving , that is reaping, at the beginning of August-month, and we left the stooks [stalks] standing in the fields ...
- Moreover, according to Walter Davies "swiving " was a method of reaping first adopted in Cardiganshire.
* (l) (noun)