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heave

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verb \ˈhēv\

Definition of heave

heaved

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hove

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heaving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  elevate

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

  4. 3 :  throw, cast heaved her books on the floor

  5. 4a :  to cause to swell or rise a spent horse gasping and heaving his chest Frost had heaveed the sidewalk.b geology :  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 :  to draw, pull, or haul on (as a rope) heave a line

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to strain or labor to do something difficult struggle

  10. 2 :  retch, vomit nearly heaved at the gruesome sight

  11. 3a :  to rise and fall rhythmically The boat heaved up and down on the waves.b :  pant runners heaving at the finish line

  12. 4a :  pull, push heaving on a ropeb :  to move a ship in a specified direction or mannerc past tense usually hove :  to move in an indicated way the ship hove into view

  13. 5 :  to rise or become thrown or raised up Roads had begun to heave with frost.

heaver

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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

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Definition of heave

  1. 1a :  an effort to pull or raise something with each heave of the ropeb :  an act or instance of throwing :  hurl gave the ball a heave toward the basket

  2. 2 :  an upward motion :  rising; especially :  a rhythmical rising the heave of his chest

  3. 3 geology :  horizontal displacement especially by the faulting of a rock the total heave of the strata

  4. 4 heaves plural in form but singular or plural in construction, veterinary medicine :  chronic pulmonary emphysema of the horse resulting in difficult expiration, heaving of the flanks, and a persistent cough

Examples of heave in a sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of heave

see 1heave


First Known Use: circa 1571



HEAVE Defined for English Language Learners

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heave

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verb \ˈhēv\

Definition of heave for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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heave

noun

Definition of heave for English Language Learners

  • : an act of lifting or pulling something with effort

  • : a forceful throw


HEAVE Defined for Kids

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heave

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verb \ˈhēv\

Definition of heave for Students

heaved

or

hove

\ˈhōv\;

heaving

  1. 1 :  to raise with an effort Help me heave this box onto the truck.

  2. 2 :  hurl, throw He heaved rocks into the water.

  3. 3 :  to utter with an effort She heaved a sigh of relief.

  4. 4 :  to rise and fall again and again The runner's chest was heaving.

  5. 5 :  to be thrown or raised up Frost caused the ground to heave.


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heave

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noun

Definition of heave for Students

  1. 1 :  an effort to lift or raise With a final heave they jammed him into the crate. — E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

  2. 2 :  a forceful throw

  3. 3 :  an upward motion (as of the chest in breathing or of waves in motion)


Medical Dictionary

heave

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verb \ˈhēv\

Medical Definition of heave

heaved

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heaving

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  vomit got carsick and heaved his lunch

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to undergo retching or vomiting



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