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

But investors were encouraged by the deal’s prospects, believing a tie-up of these two smaller car firms would give them the global heft... Mike Colias, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler, Renault Weakened After Failed Merger Talks," 6 June 2019 Now the government wants to make this easier and give more heft to the requests. sun-sentinel.com, "US aims to help more cancer patients try experimental drugs," 3 June 2019 Valli & Valli called on top designer Andrea Branzi to create distinctive hardware for them: The result is pieces such as this rectangle-on-rectangle design, left, that have a high-quality heft and feel in the hand. Rebecca Winzenried, ELLE Decor, "Home Magazine's 5th Annual Kitchen & Bath Awards 2003," 5 July 2012 Instead, Sanders leaned on the emotional heft of his previous policy positions. Katie Palmer, Quartz, "The most important takeaways from the Democrats’ climate town hall," 5 Sep. 2019 The latest rendition, with squid and shrimp, finds the right proportions of composure and chaos, with enough heft to carry you through another glass or two. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Los Angeles, this should be your sake spot," 22 Aug. 2019 While the full-on campaign season is fast approaching, there’s still time for others with political heft to get into the race. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Hunter’s legal predicament goes from bad to much worse. What are the GOP’s options?," 16 June 2019 Twitter: @techchronicle Apple tried to make its new credit card attractive, copying the heft and sleekness of higher-end cards like the Chase Sapphire. SFChronicle.com, "APFN-US--Apple Card-Special Care," 22 Aug. 2019 These meats provide substantial texture and heft to a sandwich. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "THIS is the Ultimate Italian Hoagie Meat Lineup," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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