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heft

[heft] /hɛft/
noun
1.
weight; heaviness:
It was a rather flimsy chair, without much heft to it.
2.
significance or importance.
3.
Archaic. the bulk or main part.
verb (used with object)
4.
to test the weight of by lifting and balancing:
He hefted the spear for a few moments, and then flung it at the foe.
5.
to heave; hoist.
Origin of heft
1550-1560
1550-60; heave + -t, variant of -th1
Related forms
hefter, noun
unhefted, adjective
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  • "Now, I don't want to wake up," he chortled, as he hefted the various sacks.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • Instinctively, he grasped two legs of the heavy chair and hefted it.

    My Shipmate--Columbus Stephen Wilder
  • While I hefted the gun, Tennis brought out a crumpled shirt.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • He hefted the spade and brought it down smartly on the object.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
  • With a sense of dread, Dulaq picked up the club and hefted it in his hand.

    The Dueling Machine Benjamin William Bova
  • He drew it out slowly, as quietly as he could, and hefted it in his hand.

  • Rynason hefted the body up over one shoulder and drew a disintegrator with the hand he had freed.

    Warlord of Kor Terry Gene Carr
  • He hefted it carefully, reluctantly putting it back on the table.

British Dictionary definitions for hefted

heft

/hɛft/
verb (transitive)
1.
to assess the weight of (something) by lifting
2.
to lift
noun
3.
(US) weight
4.
(US) the main part
Derived Forms
hefter, noun
Word Origin
C19: probably from heave, by analogy with thieve, theft, cleave, cleft
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Word Origin and History for hefted

heft

n.

mid-15c., "weight, heaviness, quality of weight," from heave on analogy of thieve/theft, weave/weft, etc.; also influenced by heft, obsolete past participle of heave.

v.

"to lift," 1660s, from heft (n.). Related: Hefted; hefting.

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