heft

noun
\ ˈheft How to pronounce heft (audio) \

Definition of heft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 archaic : the greater part of something : bulk

heft

verb
hefted; hefting; hefts

Definition of heft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to heave up : hoist
2 : to test the weight of by lifting hefting the rod … to get the feel of itConsumer Reports

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Synonyms for heft

Synonyms: Noun

avoirdupois, heaviness, weight

Synonyms: Verb

boost, heave, hoist, jack (up), upheave

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Examples of heft in a Sentence

Noun

the heft of a good hammer some synthetic fabrics are nice and warm, but I prefer wool because it has more heft

Verb

hefted his growing son onto his shoulders heft your baggy gym shorts a little higher—you're showing us more than we care to see
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fortunately, the collection's boxy pastel coats—spring in spirit, if winter in heft—paired with that romance-ready eye makeup are just the right prescription for the long days of New York Fashion Week ahead. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Tom Ford Beauty Code—Glamorous and Sexy—Is Here to Stay," 7 Feb. 2019 Mergers give some players more heft to enlarge their piece of the pie. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Why Americans Spend So Much on Health Care—In 12 Charts," 31 July 2018 The real heft of the date — the twist — is when Jason's friends show up, one of whom is named Hawk Jameson. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 6 Recap: Is Now Really The Time For A "Debate"?," 3 July 2018 Military dollars help keep the economy running, and military protocol and pageantry add heft, sparkle, and intrigue to Tampa society. Vicky Ward, Town & Country, "The Bizarre Scandal That Brought Down General David Petraeus," 29 Nov. 2016 One of the principal gatekeepers to housing-finance markets is stepping up scrutiny of nonbank mortgage lenders, concerned that some may not have the financial heft needed to overcome stressed conditions. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Cooling Housing Market Prompts Closer Scrutiny of Some Lenders," 29 Jan. 2019 Compared to cotton or silk, linen has heft—a Once Milano linen quilt might be a good replacement for this year’s popular weighted blankets, which are said to help with anxiety and increase levels of serotonin. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "Why Linen Sheets Are Worth Keeping on Through Winter," 21 Dec. 2018 Frankly, the plot is workmanlike and unmemorable, but the characters and the issues raised give the finale its heft. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Doctor Who wraps a solid season with its first female Time Lord," 12 Dec. 2018 Treasury’s sanctions leverage the heft of the world’s most important financial market and currency. Ian Talley, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Russian Bank for Handling Transactions for North Korea," 3 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The cargo bay of the C-130J has a volume of more than 4,500 square feet and can heft loads as heavy as 37,200 pounds, delivering this cargo by using dirt runways in dangerous airspace. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130J Super Hercules Is Ready for the Worst," 9 Oct. 2018 The man who built the house would pile on some mud, then heft a great club and pound it down. Lu Yang, The New Yorker, "Silver Tiger," 4 June 2017 Specialist squads of police hefting automatic rifles stand sentry by the statute of the late Queen Victoria outside the Henry VIII gate to Windsor Castle. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Royal wedding 2018 live coverage: The service, the dress, the guests," 19 May 2018 Donning hard hats and safety goggles, a group of young adults hefting large hammers enthusiastically smashed away at a wall in what later this summer will be the new home of GiGi’s Playhouse in Tinley Park. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "GiGi's Playhouse in Tinley Park begins work on bigger location," 17 May 2018 Xie’s gift for striking imagery withheld—in order to give her precepts heft and authority. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Jenny Xie Writes a Sightseer’s Guide to the Self," 30 Apr. 2018 Before the vote, Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) hefted a foot-tall stack of papers that, along with a second similar-sized stack, represented the bill and its backup documentation. Cathleen Decker, latimes.com, "House approves $1.3-trillion spending bill and sends it to the Senate as deadline approaches," 22 Mar. 2018 At Hartford Public High School, Payne hefted his dreams of writing the next Great American Novel against the pressure to help his family with a well-paying career. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Les Payne, Hartford Product An Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Dies at 76," 21 Mar. 2018 But these are relatively small rockets, with a diameter of just 1.27 meters—compared to the 117-meter wingspan of the Stratolaunch aircraft—and capable of hefting less than half a ton into low-Earth orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The world’s largest airplane may launch a new space shuttle into orbit," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of heft

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for heft

Noun

from heave, after such pairs as weave : weft

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heft

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: weight or heaviness
chiefly US : importance or influence

heft

verb

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

chiefly US : to lift (something) up

heft

verb
\ ˈheft How to pronounce heft (audio) \
hefted; hefting

Kids Definition of heft

: to lift something up She hefted her suitcase onto the train.

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