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 heaving
Knocked cold, Lakpa collapsed on the rocks, heaving in convulsions, Kodas wrote.
The pilot episode opens with Jacob (Landon Gimenez) waking up, heaving, in a field in a China.‘Resurrection’ Is TV’s Silliest Show and Probably Dead on Arrival|Kevin Fallon|March 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Congress is heaving a sigh of relief over a reported deal to avert a default—but the crisis is nowhere near ended.Debt Ceiling Deal May Be Struck, but the Crisis Is Not Over Yet|David Frum|October 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A heaving sea of female desire rages around 1D, and Harry in particular.One Direction, Harry Styles and the Princess Diana Connection|Tom Sykes|September 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The public infrastructure is, well, heaving under lots of traffic, but even so it's good.
Her chin was in the air, she was heaving, shaking and strangling to suppress any sound.A Girl Of The Limberlost|Gene Stratton Porter
After heaving about twenty minutes the shark was alongside with the head about three feet out of water.The Flying Bo'sun|Arthur Mason
Then Garin felt the heaving body rest limply against his own.The People of the Crater|Andrew North
The flight of another hour calls for a repetition of the heaving of the log.Man on the Ocean|R.M. Ballantyne
Then, heaving a deep roar of relief, he strode into the sea.Gods and Heroes|R. E. Francillon
British Dictionary definitions for heaving
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