verb (used with object), heaved or (especially Nautical) hove; heav·ing.
- 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!
verb (used without object), heaved or (especially Nautical) hove; heav·ing.
- 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.
- to shake loose (a reef taken in a sail).
- to loosen (a sail) from its gaskets in order to set it.
- 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.
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Idioms for heave
Origin of heave
OTHER WORDS FROM heaveheav·er, nounheave·less, adjectiveun·heaved, adjective
Words nearby heave
Example sentences from the Web for heave
But Lomax can heave a small sigh of relief, at least for now: Legislative reform to the 1033 program will not happen in 2014.SWAT Lobby Shoots to Kill Police Reform After Ferguson|Tim Mak|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Chinook vibrated with deeper and deeper groans until its twin engines managed to heave up our dead weight.
We get in line, and on the count of three, we heave a log onto our shoulders.Exercising Like a Caveman: A.J. Jacobs Gets Primal|A.J. Jacobs|April 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The men have to put their shoulders under the gunwale, and heave and strain with all their might.Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier|James Inglis
The launch and cutter being instantly hoisted out, the usual preparations were made to lay out a kedge, to heave the ship off.The Lieutenant and Commander|Basil Hall
Heave again, and, when you are a-weigh, put the helm to port and hoist the jib.The Seaman's Friend|Richard Henry Dana
The organ was pealing softly and plaintively, and the little gray coat seemed to heave as with a sob.A Reputed Changeling|Charlotte M. Yonge
The tide was rising, anchors were carried out, and desperate efforts were made to heave the vessel off.The African Trader|W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for heave
verb heaves, heaving or heaved or mainly nautical hove
- to move or cause to move in a specified way, direction, or positionto heave in sight
- (intr) (of a vessel) to pitch or roll