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.
Origin of heave
Synonyms for heave
Related Words for heavesling, fling, haul, hoist, hurl, tug, breathe, huff, groan, spew, vomit, puff, exhale, pull, elevate, raise, launch, toss, chuck, send
Examples from the Web for heave
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 2, 2014
The Chinook vibrated with deeper and deeper groans until its twin engines managed to heave up our dead weight.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
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
April 10, 2012
Silently you assume positions of leadership, oh so subtly giving slackers the heave ho.Horoscopes July 3-9, 2011
Starsky + Cox
July 2, 2011
Historical Examples of heave
Heave the hussy up to her anchor, Mr. Leach, when we will cast an eye to her moorings.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
But they need a fellow to heave mud, so they put up with him.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
She was quite flushed, and her bodice, generally so still and lifeless, began to heave.The Fat and the Thin
I'll heave up my commission and you pay her the fifteen hundred.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
You have never seen the mighty deep, and the storms that heave and swell in it.The Scapegoat
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
Word Origin for heave
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).
1570s, from heave (v.).