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 heaver
The coal- heaver pleads that he saw a baker being shaved there the day before.Women and the Alphabet|Thomas Wentworth Higginson
A peculiar and musical cry is given forth by the heaver of the lead each time he throws it.Man on the Ocean|R.M. Ballantyne
It was hers to dwell in a radiant mid-ether, neither to mount to heaver nor descend to hell.The Indiscretion of the Duchess|Anthony Hope
"Two heads are better than one," he facetiously declared, hauling off his greatcoat for greater freedom as a heaver.Our Young Aeroplane Scouts in Germany|Horace Porter
But I say, stranger, what are you going to do with that heaver meadow below on the creek?Cedar Creek|Elizabeth Hely Walshe
British Dictionary definitions for heaver
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