I. verb (heaved or hove; heaving) Etymology: Middle English heven, from Old English hebban; akin to Old High German hevan to lift, Latin capere to take Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. obsolete elevate 2. lift, raise <
heaved the trunk onto the table
3. throw, cast <
heaving rocks
4. a. to cause to swell or rise b. to displace (as a rock stratum) especially by a fault 5. to utter with obvious effort or with a deep breath <
heave a sigh of relief
6. haul, draw intransitive verb 1. labor, struggle 2. retch 3. a. to rise and fall rhythmically b. pant 4. a. pull, push <
heaving on a rope
b. to move a ship in a specified direction or manner c. past usually hove to move in an indicated way <
the ship hove into view
5. to rise or become thrown or raised up Synonyms: see liftheaver noun II. noun Date: circa 1571 1. a. an effort to heave or raise b. hurl, cast 2. an upward motion ; rising; especially a rhythmical rising 3. horizontal displacement especially by the faulting of a rock 4. plural but singular or plural in construction chronic pulmonary emphysema of the horse resulting in difficult expiration, heaving of the flanks, and a persistent cough

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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