Nearby words

  1. heating pad,
  2. heatproof,
  3. heatstroke,
  4. heatwave,
  5. heaume,
  6. heave down,
  7. heave into sight,
  8. heave to,
  9. heave-ho,
  10. heave-ho, give the

Idioms

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

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

Related formsheav·er, nounheave·less, adjectiveun·heaved, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for heave to

heave to

verb

(adverb) to stop (a vessel) or (of a vessel) to stop, as by trimming the sails, etcAlso: lay to

heave

/ (hiːv) /

verb heaves, heaving or heaved or mainly nautical hove

noun


Derived Formsheaver, 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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Word Origin and History for heave to
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