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
By then, however, Maryland had no time for anything more meaningful than a failed full-court heave.Maryland falls at Purdue, struggling at the line with the game on the line|Emily Giambalvo|December 25, 2020|Washington Post
For the second week in a row, Pittsburgh survived a last-snap heave into the end zone by the opposing quarterback that would have won the game.What to know for NFL Week 9: Tua Tagovailoa arrives, and Tom Brady’s Buccaneers take a beating|Adam Kilgore|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
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
To see the dinosaur in the flesh—it was so realistic—I could see its fangs heaving, I could see its eyes watering.‘Jurassic Park’ Turns 20: Film Memories With Ariana Richards|Anna Klassen|April 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She craned forward, the smile gone from her lips, a horror in her eyes, her bosom heaving.
She stood before him with lowered eyelids, her bosom heaving still from the agitation of fear his closeness had aroused in her.
In the midst of its heaving waters he quickly arose flinging his long arms wildly about, and shouting for help with bubbling cry.Hunted and Harried|R.M. Ballantyne
Newton made no answer, and Jackson went forward, where the remainder of the crew were heaving up the anchor with the windlass.Newton Forster|Captain Frederick Marryat
Sometimes I catch myself heaving a sigh for the old man that's dead, and saying to myself, "That was a great life yonder."The Belted Seas|Arthur Colton
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