- Heaven Heav"en (h[e^]v"'n), n. [OE. heven, hefen, heofen, AS.
heofon; akin to OS. hevan, LG. heben, heven, Icel. hifinn; of
uncertain origin, cf. D. hemel, G. himmel, Icel. himmin,
Goth. himins; perh. akin to, or influenced by, the root of E.
heave, or from a root signifying to cover, cf. Goth.
gaham[=o]n to put on, clothe one's self, G. hemd shirt, and
perh. E. chemise.]
1. The expanse of space surrounding the earth; esp., that
which seems to be over the earth like a great arch or
dome; the firmament; the sky; the place where the sun,
moon, and stars appear; -- often used in the plural in
I never saw the heavens so dim by day. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
When my eyes shall be turned to behold for the last time the sun in heaven. --D. Webster. [1913 Webster]
Unto the God of love, high heaven's King. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
It is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven. --Keble. [1913 Webster]
Her prayers, whom Heaven delights to hear. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The will And high permission of all-ruling Heaven. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
4. Any place of supreme happiness or great comfort; perfect felicity; bliss; a sublime or exalted condition; as, a heaven of delight. ``A heaven of beauty.'' --Shak. ``The brightest heaven of invention.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]
O bed! bed! delicious bed! That heaven upon earth to the weary head! --Hood. [1913 Webster]
Note: Heaven is very often used, esp. with participles, in forming compound words, most of which need no special explanation; as, heaven-appeasing, heaven-aspiring, heaven-begot, heaven-born, heaven-bred, heaven-conducted, heaven-descended, heaven-directed, heaven-exalted, heaven-given, heaven-guided, heaven-inflicted, heaven-inspired, heaven-instructed, heaven-kissing, heaven-loved, heaven-moving, heaven-protected, heaven-taught, heaven-warring, and the like. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.