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Idioms for heave

Origin of heave

before 900; Middle English heven, variant (with -v- from simple past tense and past participle) of hebben, Old English hebban; cognate with German heben, Old Norse hefja, Gothic hafjan; akin to Latin capere to take


1 elevate. See raise.
2 hurl, pitch, fling, cast, sling.
11 surge, billow.


heav·er, nounheave·less, adjectiveun·heaved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for heave down (1 of 2)

heave down


(intr, adverb) nautical to turn a vessel on its side for cleaning

British Dictionary definitions for heave down (2 of 2)

/ (hiːv) /

verb heaves, heaving or heaved or mainly nautical hove


Derived forms of heave

heaver, noun

Word Origin for heave

Old English hebban; related to Old Norse hefja, Old Saxon hebbian, Old High German heffen to raise, Latin capere to take, Sanskrit kapatī two hands full
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