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heaven

[hev-uh n] /ˈhɛv ən/
noun
1.
the abode of God, the angels, and the spirits of the righteous after death; the place or state of existence of the blessed after the mortal life.
2.
(initial capital letter). Often, Heavens. the celestial powers; God.
3.
a metonym for God:
May heaven help us!
4.
heavens, (used with a singular verb) a wooden roof or canopy over the outer stage of an Elizabethan theater.
5.
Usually, heavens. the sky, firmament, or expanse of space surrounding the earth.
6.
a place or state of supreme happiness:
She made his life a heaven on earth.
interjection
7.
heavens, (used to express emphasis, surprise, etc.): For heaven's sake!
Good heavens!
Idioms
8.
move heaven and earth, to do one's utmost to effect an end; make a supreme effort:
She promised to move heaven and earth to be there for our wedding anniversary.
Origin of heaven
900
before 900; Middle English heven, Old English heofon; cognate with Middle Low German heven; akin to Old Norse himinn, Gothic himins, German Himmel
Related forms
heavenless, adjective
underheaven, noun
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Examples from the Web for heavens
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  • They studied the heavens and named the twelve signs of the Zodiak.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • I did not know what to make of my life because the Holder of the heavens had not revealed himself to me.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • I had the power of a Shaman, though the Holder of the heavens had not yet spoken to me.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • That is how it is when the Holder of the heavens shows Himself to his children.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • heavens, that was seven days, and every day had at least sixteen waking hours.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for heavens

heaven

/ˈhɛvən/
noun
1.
(sometimes capital) (Christianity)
  1. the abode of God and the angels
  2. a place or state of communion with God after death Compare hell
2.
(usually pl) the sky, firmament or space surrounding the earth
3.
(in any of various mythologies) a place, such as Elysium or Valhalla, to which those who have died in the gods' favour are brought to dwell in happiness
4.
a place or state of joy and happiness
5.
(sing) or plural; sometimes capital. God or the gods, used in exclamatory phrases of surprise, exasperation, etc: for heaven's sake, heavens above
6.
in seventh heaven, ecstatically happy
7.
move heaven and earth, to do everything possible (to achieve something)
Word Origin
Old English heofon; related to Old Saxon heban
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Word Origin and History for heavens
n.

"realm of the heavenly bodies," 1670s, from heaven.

heaven

n.

Old English heofon "home of God," earlier "sky, firmament," probably from Proto-Germanic *hibin-, dissimilated from *himin- (cf. Low German heben, Old Norse himinn, Gothic himins, Old Frisian himul, Dutch hemel, German Himmel "heaven, sky"), perhaps from PIE root *kem-/*kam- "to cover" (cf. chemise). [Watkins derives it elaborately from PIE *ak- "sharp" via *akman- "stone, sharp stone," then "stony vault of heaven"].

Plural use in sense of "sky" is probably from Ptolemaic theory of space composed of many spheres, but it also formerly was used in the same sense as the singular in Biblical language, as a translation of Hebrew plural shamayim. Heaven-sent (adj.) attested from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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heavens in Culture
heaven (or heavens)

The dwelling place of God, the angels, and the souls of those who have gained salvation; a place of the greatest peace and beauty. (Compare hell.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for heavens
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with heavens
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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