Heave Heave, n. 1. An effort to raise something, as a weight, or one's self, or to move something heavy. [1913 Webster]

After many strains and heaves He got up to his saddle eaves. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

2. An upward motion; a rising; a swell or distention, as of the breast in difficult breathing, of the waves, of the earth in an earthquake, and the like. [1913 Webster]

There's matter in these sighs, these profound heaves, You must translate. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

None could guess whether the next heave of the earthquake would settle . . . or swallow them. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. (Geol.) A horizontal dislocation in a metallic lode, taking place at an intersection with another lode. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Heave — (h[=e]v), v. t. [imp. {Heaved} (h[=e]vd), or {Hove} (h[=o]v); p. p. {Heaved}, {Hove}, formerly {Hoven} (h[=o] v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Heaving}.] [OE. heven, hebben, AS. hebban; akin to OS. hebbian, D. heffen, OHG. heffan, hevan, G. heben, Icel.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Heave — (h[=e]v), v. i. 1. To be thrown up or raised; to rise upward, as a tower or mound. [1913 Webster] And the huge columns heave into the sky. Pope. [1913 Webster] Where heaves the turf in many a moldering heap. Gray. [1913 Webster] The heaving sods… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heave — heave; heave·less; up·heave; up·heave·ment; …   English syllables

  • heave — ► VERB (past and past part. heaved or chiefly Nautical hove) 1) lift or haul with great effort. 2) produce (a sigh) noisily. 3) informal throw (something heavy). 4) rise and fall rhythmically or spasmodically. 5) …   English terms dictionary

  • heave — [hēv] vt. HEAVED or (esp. Naut.) hove, heaving, heaved [ME heven < OE hebban, akin to Ger heben (Goth hafjan) < IE base * kap , to seize, grasp > HAVE, L capere] 1. to raise or lift, esp. with effort 2. a) to lift in this …   English World dictionary

  • heave — [v1] lift, throw with effort boost, cast, chuck, drag, elevate, fling, haul, heft, hoist, hurl, launch, pitch, pull, raise, send, sling, toss, tug; concepts 196,222 heave [v2] discharge with force; expel from digestive system by mouth billow,… …   New thesaurus

  • heave — index impel, launch (project), precipitate (throw down violently) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • heave — hēv vb, heaved; heav·ing vt VOMIT <got carsick and heaved his lunch> vi to undergo retching or vomiting …   Medical dictionary

  • heave — vb raise, *lift, hoist, elevate, boost, rear …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • heave — The past tense and past participle is heaved in its ordinary meanings ‘to lift, haul, throw, etc.’ and ‘to utter (a sigh)’, and hove (1) when the meaning is ‘come into view’ • (She hove around the Minister s flank with the effect of an apparition …   Modern English usage

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