\ ˈheft How to pronounce heft (audio) \

Definition of heft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 archaic : the greater part of something : bulk


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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Those strengths haven’t translated to heft in investment banking. Nisha Gopalan And Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "HSBC Needs More Than Cosmetic Cuts," 28 Oct. 2019 An appetizer of roasted clams, mingled with tomatoes and chunks of Italian sausage in a buttery broth, had the right balance of lightness and heft. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: There’s a lot to like at La Figata in Granby... and a few disappointments," 25 Oct. 2019 The 76ers have the most hulking frontline in the NBA, and the 6-foot-10-inch, 250-pound Kanter offers more heft and rebounding against players like Embiid and Horford than the 6-8 Theis. BostonGlobe.com, "PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers defeated the Celtics, 107-93, in the season-opener for both teams on Wednesday. Here are some thoughts and observations from the game:," 24 Oct. 2019 What has changed since Xi assumed power in 2012, and especially over the past few years, is that Beijing now has the confidence and the market heft to threaten convincingly. Isaac Stone Fish, Twin Cities, "Isaac Stone Fish: How China gets American companies to parrot its propaganda," 14 Oct. 2019 All hail Holly whose healthy heft will help her hibernate until the spring. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "All hail the ‘Queen of Corpulence’: Say hello to this year’s Fat Bear Week champion," 13 Oct. 2019 What gives Prince Harry’s Travalyst heft—in addition to his celebrity bully pulpit, of course—is the fact that large travel businesses are involved. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry's New Sustainable Travel Initiative Is Exactly What the Travel Industry Needs," 6 Oct. 2019 Tenor Marcello Giordani, renowned for a voice of beauty and heft that made him a star at the world’s top opera houses, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Marcello Giordani, tenor of beauty and heft, dies at 56," 5 Oct. 2019 This Oaxacan mole is brightly flavored with the tang and sweetness of pineapple, with chunks of fried plantain providing heft. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Mole with Chicken, Pork and Pineapple (Manchamanteles de Cerdo y Pollo)," 2 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Miners came down the gangplanks hefting three tons of gold from far northwest Canada. Smithsonian, "Gold Fever! Deadly Cold! And the Amazing True Adventures of Jack London in the Wild," 24 Oct. 2019 The officers ignored her, pulled her upright and hefted her back onto the grass. oregonlive, "‘Don’t touch her!’: Arrest of bike-riding OSU student in Corvallis raises fears about bias, use of force," 18 Oct. 2019 For one, these kinds of actuators have nowhere near the power of traditional motors, which allow robots on automotive assembly lines to heft massive pieces of metal. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Finally, a Robot That Moves Kind of Like a Tongue," 1 Aug. 2019 The possibility was real that the hunters had shot the animal illegally in the Yukon and hefted the body across the border into Alaska. National Geographic, "In the Alaska-Yukon wilderness, wildlife crime fighters face a daunting task," 25 June 2019 Since the time required to graduate is typically four years, many students will accept their diploma while hefting more than $100,000 in debt. Stephane Kasriel, Fortune, "Why Upwork Scratched College Degree Requirements From Our Job Descriptions," 6 June 2019 After a short drive to the village of Ambolotara, the men hefted the baskets a mile and a half up a dirt path to the planting site on one side of a ravine—land that belongs to a farmer who’s under contract with the project. Paul Tullis, National Geographic, "How the sapphire trade is driving lemurs toward extinction," 6 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of heft


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


circa 1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for heft


from heave, after such pairs as weave : weft

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The first known use of heft was in the 15th century

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21 Nov 2019

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“Heft.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hefted. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of heft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: weight or heaviness
chiefly US : importance or influence



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

chiefly US : to lift (something) up


\ 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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