- 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.
Idioms about heave
Origin of heave
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OTHER WORDS FROM heaveheaver, nounheaveless, adjectiveun·heaved, adjective
How to use heave in a sentence
I upchucked into the green grass, and once my stomach was empty, I dry heaved for a while.
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 suddenly Hicks jerked up his knees and heaved himself bodily aside with a scream of fear.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Jake's broad chest heaved as he asked this question, to which the Colonel replied, "That is what I came for."The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes
Then, as if being more fully awakened he recognized his master, he heaved himself suddenly to his feet and bowed.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Having penned these lines, Queeker heaved a deep sigh—cast one long lingering gaze on the moon, and went to bed.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne
Bascomb muttered something to himself, his shoulders heaved and his hands clenched spasmodically.Motor Matt's "Century" Run|Stanley R. Matthews
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