- to raise or lift with effort or force; hoist: to heave a heavy ax.
- to throw, especially to lift and throw with effort, force, or violence: to heave an anchor overboard; to heave a stone through a window.
- to move into a certain position or situation: to heave a vessel aback.
- to move in a certain direction: Heave the capstan around! Heave up the anchor!
- to utter laboriously or painfully: to heave a sigh.
- to cause to rise and fall with or as with a swelling motion: to heave one's chest.
- to vomit; throw up: He heaved his breakfast before noon.
- to haul or pull on (a rope, cable, line, etc.), as with the hands or a capstan: Heave the anchor cable!
- to rise and fall in rhythmically alternate movements: The ship heaved and rolled in the swelling sea.
- to breathe with effort; pant: He sat there heaving and puffing from the effort.
- to vomit; retch.
- to rise as if thrust up, as a hill; swell or bulge: The ground heaved and small fissures appeared for miles around.
- to pull or haul on a rope, cable, etc.
- to push, as on a capstan bar.
- to move in a certain direction or into a certain position or situation: heave about; heave alongside; heave in stays.
- (of a vessel) to rise and fall, as with a heavy beam sea.
- an act or effort of heaving.
- a throw, toss, or cast.
- Geology. the horizontal component of the apparent displacement resulting from a fault, measured in a vertical plane perpendicular to the strike.
- the rise and fall of the waves or swell of a sea.
- heaves, (used with a singular verb) Also called broken wind. Veterinary Pathology. a disease of horses, similar to asthma in human beings, characterized by difficult breathing.
- heave down, Nautical. to careen (a vessel).
- heave out, Nautical.
- to shake loose (a reef taken in a sail).
- to loosen (a sail) from its gaskets in order to set it.
- heave to,
- Nautical.to stop the headway of (a vessel), especially by bringing the head to the wind and trimming the sails so that they act against one another.
- to come to a halt.
- heave ho (an exclamation used by sailors, as when heaving the anchor up.)
- heave in sight, to rise to view, as from below the horizon: The ship hove in sight as dawn began to break.
- heave the lead. lead2(def 16).
Origin of heave
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Examples from the Web for heaving
Knocked cold, Lakpa collapsed on the rocks, heaving in convulsions, Kodas wrote.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
The pilot episode opens with Jacob (Landon Gimenez) waking up, heaving, in a field in a China.‘Resurrection’ Is TV’s Silliest Show and Probably Dead on Arrival
March 7, 2014
Congress is heaving a sigh of relief over a reported deal to avert a default—but the crisis is nowhere near ended.Debt Ceiling Deal May Be Struck, but the Crisis Is Not Over Yet
October 15, 2013
A heaving sea of female desire rages around 1D, and Harry in particular.One Direction, Harry Styles and the Princess Diana Connection
September 22, 2013
The public infrastructure is, well, heaving under lots of traffic, but even so it's good.Maryland, My Maryland: High-Tax Heaven
May 17, 2012
"And I have not room for another morsel," said his next neighbor, heaving a sigh.Tanglewood Tales
Muza gazed at them in deep disdain, with folded arms and heaving breast.Leila, Complete
She went up to Cornelius, crossing her arms on her heaving breast.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
It's but the heaving of a hand grenade, and they strike their colours.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
There in front of him, heaving and tumbling, was the sea: a miracle of healing and cleansing.Changing Winds</p>
St. John G. Ervine
- (tr) to lift or move with a great effort
- (tr) to throw (something heavy) with effort
- to utter (sounds, sighs, etc) or breathe noisily or unhappilyto heave a sigh
- to rise and fall or cause to rise and fall heavily
- (past tense and past participle hove) nautical
- to move or cause to move in a specified way, direction, or positionto heave in sight
- (intr)(of a vessel) to pitch or roll
- (tr) to displace (rock strata, mineral veins, etc) in a horizontal direction
- (intr) to retch
- the act or an instance of heaving
- a fling
- the horizontal displacement of rock strata at a fault
Word Origin and History for heaving
1570s, from heave (v.).
Old English hebban "to lift, raise; lift up, exalt" (class VI strong verb; past tense hof, past participle hafen), from Proto-Germanic *hafjan (cf. Old Norse hefja, Dutch heffen, German heben, Gothic hafjan "to lift, raise"), from PIE *kap-yo-, from root *kap- "to grasp" (see capable).
Related to Old English habban "to hold, possess." Intransitive use by c.1200. Meaning "to throw" is from 1590s. Sense of "retch, make an effort to vomit" is first attested c.1600. Related: Heaved; heaving. Nautical heave-ho was a chant in lifting (c.1300, hevelow).