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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.
Historical Examples

The anchor is apeek when the cable has been sufficiently hove in to bring the ship over it.
The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth

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


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