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heave

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verb \ˈhēv\

Simple Definition of heave

  • : to lift or pull (something) with effort

  • : to throw (something) with effort

  • : to breathe in and breathe out (a sigh) in a slow or loud way

Full Definition of heave

heaved or hove play \ˈhōv\ heav·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  elevate

  3. 2 :  lift, raise <heaved the trunk onto the table>

  4. 3 :  throw, cast <heaving rocks>

  5. 4 a :  to cause to swell or rise b :  to displace (as a rock stratum) especially by a fault

  6. 5 :  to utter with obvious effort or with a deep breath <heave a sigh of relief>

  7. 6 :  haul, draw

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  labor, struggle

  10. 2 :  retch

  11. 3 a :  to rise and fall rhythmically b :  pant

  12. 4 a :  pull, push <heaving on a rope> b :  to move a ship in a specified direction or manner c past usually hove :  to move in an indicated way <the ship hove into view>

  13. 5 :  to rise or become thrown or raised up

heav·er noun
heave to
  1. :  to halt the headway of a ship (as by positioning a sailboat with the jib aback and the rudder turned sharply to windward)

Examples of heave

  1. She heaved the door shut.

  2. The quarterback heaved the ball down the field.

  3. She sat down and heaved a sigh of relief.



Origin of heave

Middle English heven, from Old English hebban; akin to Old High German hevan to lift, Latin capere to take


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of heave

lift, raise, rear, elevate, hoist, heave, boost mean to move from a lower to a higher place or position. lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight <lift the chair while I vacuum>. raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position <scouts raising a flagpole>. rear may add an element of suddenness to raise <suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs>. elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied <elevated the taste of the public>. hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means <hoisted the cargo on board>. heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain <heaved the heavy crate inside>. boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push <boosted his brother over the fence>.

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heave

noun

Simple Definition of heave

  • : an act of lifting or pulling something with effort

  • : a forceful throw

Full Definition of heave

  1. 1 a :  an effort to heave or raise b :  hurl, cast

  2. 2 :  an upward motion :  rising; especially :  a rhythmical rising

  3. 3 :  horizontal displacement especially by the faulting of a rock

  4. 4 plural but sing or plural in constr :  chronic pulmonary emphysema of the horse resulting in difficult expiration, heaving of the flanks, and a persistent cough

Examples of heave

  1. We lifted the box onto the table with a heave.

  2. He gave the rope a mighty heave.

  3. The quarterback uncorked a mighty heave.



Circa 1571

First Known Use of heave

circa 1571


Medical Dictionary

heave

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verb \ˈhēv\

Medical Definition of heave

heavedheav·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  vomit <got carsick and heaved his lunch>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to undergo retching or vomiting






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