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 heaved
We can hear the swish of leather as saddles are heaved on our backs.The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism|Fred Siegel|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An official put the chain in a plastic bag and heaved it into the cold water.
And Robineau heaved a sigh—which did not prevent his finishing his ice.The White House (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XII)|Charles Paul de Kock
Parson Everett heaved a deep sigh, put on his cocked hat, and blew his nose ceremonially with the silk handkerchief.
Dick heaved a gentle sigh, then looked at his empty pistol and his sword.The Road to Paris|Robert Neilson Stephens
Then he heaved a satisfied sigh, for he had been a little afraid lest he discover some evidence of foul work there.The Big Five Motorcycle Boys on the Battle Line|Ralph Marlow
She heaved a sigh of relief as she saw that Mrs. Vandemeyer was lying on the bed.The Secret Adversary|Agatha Christie
British Dictionary definitions for heaved
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