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
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OTHER WORDS FROM heaveheaver, nounheaveless, adjectiveun·heaved, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for heave
He was drinking beer like a coal-heaver, and yet you couldn't but perceive that he was a gentleman.A History of Pendennis, Volume 1|William Makepeace Thackeray
In this rickety, filthy, old tenement the coal-heaver rented two rooms on the third floor.The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant|Alexander Johnstone Wilson
It is somewhere said in that work that the wife of a coal-heaver is more respectable than the mistress of a prince.The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete|Jean Jacques Rousseau
He said he would have been a coal-heaver rather than be dependent upon his relations.Paul Gosslett's Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service|Charles James Lever
He once hired himself as a potman, and then as a coal-heaver.Club Life of London, Volume II (of 2)|John Timbs
British Dictionary definitions for heave
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