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 for Reeve
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reeve \Reeve\ (r[=e]v), n. (Zool.)
     The female of the ruff.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reeve \Reeve\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rove (r[=o]v); p. pr. & vb.
     n. Reeving.] [Cf. D. reven. See Reef, n. & v. t.] (Naut.)
     To pass, as the end of a rope, through any hole in a block,
     thimble, cleat, ringbolt, cringle, or the like.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reeve \Reeve\, n. [OE. reve, AS. ger[=e]fa. Cf. Sheriff.]
     an officer, steward, bailiff, or governor; -- used chiefly in
     compounds; as, shirereeve, now written sheriff; portreeve,
     etc. --Chaucer. --Piers Plowman.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reve \Reve\, n. [See Reeve.]
     An officer, steward, or governor. [Usually written reeve.]
     [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ruff \Ruff\, n. [Of uncertain origin: cf. Icel. r[=u]finn rough,
     uncombed, Pr. ruf rude, rough, Sp. rufo frizzed, crisp,
     curled, G. raufen to pluck, fight, rupfen to pluck, pull, E.
     rough. [root]18. Cf. Ruffle to wrinkle.]
     1. A muslin or linen collar plaited, crimped, or fluted, worn
        formerly by both sexes, now only by women and children.
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              Here to-morrow with his best ruff on. --Shak.
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              His gravity is much lessened since the late
              proclamation came out against ruffs; . . . they were
              come to that height of excess herein, that twenty
              shillings were used to be paid for starching of a
              ruff.                                 --Howell.
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     2. Something formed with plaits or flutings, like the collar
        of this name.
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              I reared this flower; . . .
              Soft on the paper ruff its leaves I spread. --Pope.
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     3. An exhibition of pride or haughtiness.
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              How many princes . . . in the ruff of all their
              glory, have been taken down from the head of a
              conquering army to the wheel of the victor's
              chariot!                              --L'Estrange.
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     4. Wanton or tumultuous procedure or conduct. [Obs.]
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              To ruffle it out in a riotous ruff.   --Latimer.
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     5. (Mil.) A low, vibrating beat of a drum, not so loud as a
        roll; a ruffle.
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     6. (Mach.) A collar on a shaft ot other piece to prevent
        endwise motion. See Illust. of Collar.
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     7. (Zool.) A set of lengthened or otherwise modified feathers
        round, or on, the neck of a bird.
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     8. (Zool.)
        (a) A limicoline bird of Europe and Asia ({Pavoncella
            pugnax, syn. Philomachus pugnax) allied to the
            sandpipers. The males during the breeding season have
            a large ruff of erectile feathers, variable in their
            colors, on the neck, and yellowish naked tubercles on
            the face. They are polygamous, and are noted for their
            pugnacity in the breeding season. The female is called
            reeve, or rheeve.
        (b) A variety of the domestic pigeon, having a ruff of its
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: female ruff
      v 1: pass a rope through; "reeve an opening"
      2: pass through a hole or opening; "reeve a rope"
      3: fasten by passing through a hole or around something

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  81 Moby Thesaurus words for "reeve":
     G-man, MP, alderman, archon, bailie, bailiff, beadle, beagle,
     bound bailiff, burghermaster, burgomaster, cabinet member,
     cabinet minister, captain, catchpole, chancellor, chief of police,
     city councilman, city father, city manager, commissar,
     commissioner, constable, councillor, councilman, councilwoman,
     county commissioner, county supervisor, deputy, deputy sheriff,
     detective, elder, fed, federal, flic, gendarme, government man,
     headman, induna, inspector, legislator, lictor, lieutenant,
     lord mayor, mace-bearer, magistrate, maire, marshal, mayor,
     minister, minister of state, mounted policeman, narc, officer,
     patrolman, peace officer, police captain, police commissioner,
     police constable, police inspector, police matron, police officer,
     police sergeant, policeman, policewoman, portreeve, roundsman,
     secretary, secretary of state, selectman, sergeant,
     sergeant at arms, sheriff, superintendent, supervisor, syndic,
     tipstaff, tipstaves, trooper, undersecretary, warden

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  REEVE. The name of an ancient English officer of justice, inferior in rank 
  to an alderman. 
       2. He was a ministerial officer, appointed to execute process, keep the 
  king's peace, and put the laws in execution. He witnessed all contracts and 
  bargains; brought offenders to justice, and delivered them to punishment; 
  took bail for such as were to appear at the county court, and presided at 
  the court or folcmote[?]. He was also called gerefa. 
       3. There were several kinds of reeves as the shire-gerefa, shire-reeve 
  or sheriff; the heh-gerefa, or high-sheriff, tithing-reeve, burgh or 

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