heave

verb
\ ˈhēv How to pronounce heave (audio) \
heaved or hove\ ˈhōv How to pronounce hove (audio) \; heaving

Definition of heave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : lift, raise heaved the trunk onto the table
2 : throw, cast heaved her books on the floor
3 : to utter with obvious effort or with a deep breath heave a sigh of relief
4a : to cause to swell or rise a spent horse gasping and heaving his chest Frost had heaved the sidewalk.
b geology : to displace (something, such as a rock stratum or a mineral vein) especially by a fault
5 : to draw, pull, or haul on (something, such as a rope) heave a line
6 obsolete : elevate

intransitive verb

1a : to rise and fall rhythmically The boat heaved up and down on the waves.
b : pant runners heaving at the finish line
2a : pull, push heaving on a rope
b : to move a ship in a specified direction or manner
c past tense usually hove : to move in an indicated way the ship hove into view
3 : to rise or become thrown or raised up Roads had begun to heave with frost.
4 : retch, vomit nearly heaved at the gruesome sight
5 : to strain or labor to do something difficult : struggle
heave to
: to halt the headway of a ship (as by positioning a sailboat with the jib aback and the rudder turned sharply to windward)

heave

noun

Definition of heave (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an effort to pull or raise something with each heave of the rope
b : an act or instance of throwing : hurl gave the ball a heave toward the basket
2 : an upward motion : rising especially : a rhythmical rising the heave of his chest
3 geology : horizontal displacement especially by the faulting of a rock the total heave of the strata
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

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Verb

heaver noun

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Verb

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

Examples of heave in a Sentence

Verb She heaved the door shut. The quarterback heaved the ball down the field. She sat down and heaved a sigh of relief. Noun We lifted the box onto the table with a heave. He gave the rope a mighty heave. The quarterback uncorked a mighty heave.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His eyelids grew heavy while his midsection began to heave uncontrollably. Michael Tarm, USA TODAY, "Former soldier with witchcraft obsession executed by federal government," 23 Sep. 2020 His eyelids grew heavy while his midsection began to heave uncontrollably. NBC News, "Killer obsessed with witchcraft executed by U.S. government," 23 Sep. 2020 His eyelids grew heavy while his midsection began to heave uncontrollably. Michael Tarm, USA TODAY, "Former soldier with witchcraft obsession executed by federal government," 23 Sep. 2020 His eyelids grew heavy while his midsection began to heave uncontrollably. NBC News, "Killer obsessed with witchcraft executed by U.S. government," 23 Sep. 2020 His eyelids grew heavy while his midsection began to heave uncontrollably. Michael Tarm, USA TODAY, "Former soldier with witchcraft obsession executed by federal government," 23 Sep. 2020 His eyelids grew heavy while his midsection began to heave uncontrollably. NBC News, "Killer obsessed with witchcraft executed by U.S. government," 23 Sep. 2020 His eyelids grew heavy while his midsection began to heave uncontrollably. Michael Tarm, Star Tribune, "US government executes killer obsessed with witchcraft," 22 Sep. 2020 Then as now, the days heave with smoke and apocalypse, the howl of sirens. Jason Parham, Wired, "A YouTube Radio Archivist Blasts the Past Into the Present," 22 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Burr is still on, but Wallen got the heave-ho after videos surfaced of the singer recently partying hard, with no mask, and no social distancing. oregonlive, "‘SNL’ names replacement musical guest after country artist gets axed for violating COVID-19 precautions," 9 Oct. 2020 Beathard led a late TD drive and got the Niners to the Eagles 33 before his desperation heave fell incomplete in the end zone on the final play. Josh Dubow, orlandosentinel.com, "Carson Wentz rallies Eagles to 1st victory of season with 25-20 triumph at 49ers on Sunday night," 5 Oct. 2020 Beathard led a late TD drive and got the Niners to the Eagles 33 before his desperation heave fell incomplete in the end zone on the final play. Josh Dubow, orlandosentinel.com, "Carson Wentz rallies Eagles to 1st victory of season with 25-20 triumph at 49ers on Sunday night," 5 Oct. 2020 Beathard led a late TD drive and got the Niners to the Eagles 33 before his desperation heave fell incomplete in the end zone on the final play. Josh Dubow, Star Tribune, "Wentz rallies Eagles to 1st win of season, 25-20 over 49ers," 4 Oct. 2020 And out of a timeout, down three with 13.4 seconds to play, DeWanna Bonner couldn’t get her last-ditch heave that could have sent the game into overtime to fall. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "The Connecticut Sun fall just short of returning to WNBA Finals; season ends in heartbreaking loss to Las Vegas Aces," 29 Sep. 2020 The Ghost's pillowy initial response to a bump feels as if it will be followed by the wallow of a '60s land yacht, but the air springs and adaptive dampers arrest the seemingly inevitable counter heave. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Marks an Opulent Evolution," 23 Sep. 2020 There would be more special play-making from Mahomes, who after the heave found his apparent third option for two points, tying the score at 17. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Patrick Mahomes the difference (again) as Chiefs rally past Chargers," 20 Sep. 2020 Two of the Browns' touchdowns came as the result of beautiful aerial plays in the first two periods, one being a 50-yard heave to Jarvis Landry. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "What happens between the Browns and Bengals in Week 2: Spoiler Alert," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of heave

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 6

Noun

circa 1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for heave

Verb and Noun

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

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21 Oct 2020

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“Heave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heave. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for heave

heave

verb
How to pronounce heave (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of heave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to lift or pull (something) with effort
US : to throw (something) with effort
: to breathe in and breathe out (a sigh) in a slow or loud way

heave

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heave (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of lifting or pulling something with effort
: a forceful throw

heave

verb
\ ˈhēv How to pronounce heave (audio) \
heaved or hove\ ˈhōv \; heaving

Kids Definition of heave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to raise with an effort Help me heave this box onto the truck.
2 : hurl, throw He heaved rocks into the water.
3 : to utter with an effort She heaved a sigh of relief.
4 : to rise and fall again and again The runner's chest was heaving.
5 : to be thrown or raised up Frost caused the ground to heave.

heave

noun

Kids Definition of heave (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an effort to lift or raise With a final heave they jammed him into the crate.— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
2 : a forceful throw
3 : an upward motion (as of the chest in breathing or of waves in motion)

heave

verb
\ ˈhēv How to pronounce heave (audio) \
heaved; heaving

Medical Definition of heave

transitive verb

: vomit got carsick and heaved his lunch

intransitive verb

: to undergo retching or vomiting

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