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.
Origin of heave
Examples from the Web for heaves
Yet no thoughts would spread sail on the sea of my pity: I was like water that heaves with yearning, and is still.The White Peacock|D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Here are the nodding elms; here is the yew-tree's shade; here "heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap."Shakespeare's England|William Winter
When he does and heaves it about half-way to the pitcher, or bowler, or whatever they call him, he's out of breath.The U-boat hunters|James B. Connolly
And I heaves that wine, glass and all, right into his damned grinnin' face.Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands and Other Stories|Bret Harte
Jacques heaves a sigh; for the music of the voice has touched his heart—nay, overwhelmed it with a new flood of love.The Youth of Jefferson|J. E. Cooke.
British Dictionary definitions for heaves (1 of 2)
noun (functioning as singular or plural)
British Dictionary definitions for heaves (2 of 2)
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