- 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!
- 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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OTHER WORDS FROM heaveheaver, nounheaveless, adjectiveun·heaved, adjective
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The vertigo, which she described as “horrendous,” was accompanied by dry heaves and an inability to focus her eyes.Hours after a massage, a professor was wildly dizzy and deaf in one ear|Sandra G. Boodman|December 11, 2021|Washington Post
Then, Rogen convinces Franco to drink some contaminated water from a stream—which causes the 127 Hours Oscar nominee to dry-heave.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious|Marlow Stern|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
But in a shocking turn of events, wrestling got eight of 14 votes and the heave-ho.Sex, Bribes & Rhythmic Gymnastics: The IOC’s Biggest Scandals|Sujay Kumar|September 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Ornstein is a friend of mine, and was a colleague until I was given the heave-ho from AEI in March 2010.
He watched her, saw the little body heave down its entire length, noted the small convulsive movements of it.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
The men did “hold on” most powerfully; they did more, they hauled upon the rope, hand over hand, to a “Yo-heave-ho!”
The man roared furiously, and gave a convulsive heave that almost upset myself and the big chair, and disengaged the key!
No man on board knew when the sea might come which would heave her down, and they watched grimly as the gallant craft tore on.The Chequers|James Runciman
Not another man stood on his feet, but the deck was strewn with the dead, whose bodies rolled about at every heave of the waves.Stories of Our Naval Heroes|Various
British Dictionary definitions for heave
- to move or cause to move in a specified way, direction, or positionto heave in sight
- (intr) (of a vessel) to pitch or roll