Apeak



more or less vertical.
(of a dropped anchor) as nearly vertical as possible without being free of the bottom.
(of an anchored vessel) having the anchor cable as nearly vertical as possible without freeing the anchor.
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Historical Examples

apeak, when the cable is hove taut, so as to bring the vessel nearly over the anchor.
Every Boy’s Book: A Complete Encyclopdia of Sports and Amusements Various

Both parties appeared for some seconds as if spellbound, and the oars on both rafts were for a while held “apeak.”
The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid

Their anchors were apeak, and they were ready to get under way at a moment’s notice.
A Short History of the Royal Navy 1217 to 1688 David Hannay

The men at once threw their oars “apeak,” as they say; that is, raised them straight up in the air, and waited for further orders.
Fighting the Whales R.M. Ballantyne

Never was sail made on the Osprey more quickly, and by the time that the anchor was apeak all the lower sails were set.
The Queen’s Cup G. A. Henty

adverb, adjective
(nautical) in a vertical or almost vertical position: with the oars apeak

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