Heave 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 of Bunker Hill. --E. Everett. [1913 Webster]

2. To rise and fall with alternate motions, as the lungs in heavy breathing, as waves in a heavy sea, as ships on the billows, as the earth when broken up by frost, etc.; to swell; to dilate; to expand; to distend; hence, to labor; to struggle. [1913 Webster]

Frequent for breath his panting bosom heaves. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

The heaving plain of ocean. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

3. To make an effort to raise, throw, or move anything; to strain to do something difficult. [1913 Webster]

The Church of England had struggled and heaved at a reformation ever since Wyclif's days. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

4. To make an effort to vomit; to retch; to vomit. [1913 Webster]

{To heave at}. (a) To make an effort at. (b) To attack, to oppose. [Obs.] --Fuller.

{To heave in sight} (as a ship at sea), to come in sight; to appear.

{To heave up}, to vomit. [Low] [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 — 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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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  • 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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