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
Synonyms for heave
Related Words for heavingsling, fling, haul, hoist, hurl, tug, breathe, huff, groan, spew, vomit, puff, exhale, pull, elevate, raise, launch, toss, chuck, send
Examples from the Web for heaving
Contemporary Examples of heaving
Knocked cold, Lakpa collapsed on the rocks, heaving in convulsions, Kodas wrote.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
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
March 7, 2014
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
October 15, 2013
A heaving sea of female desire rages around 1D, and Harry in particular.One Direction, Harry Styles and the Princess Diana Connection
September 22, 2013
The public infrastructure is, well, heaving under lots of traffic, but even so it's good.Maryland, My Maryland: High-Tax Heaven
May 17, 2012
Historical Examples of heaving
"And I have not room for another morsel," said his next neighbor, heaving a sigh.Tanglewood Tales
Muza gazed at them in deep disdain, with folded arms and heaving breast.Leila, Complete
She went up to Cornelius, crossing her arms on her heaving breast.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
It's but the heaving of a hand grenade, and they strike their colours.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
There in front of him, heaving and tumbling, was the sea: a miracle of healing and cleansing.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
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
Word Origin for heave
1570s, from heave (v.).
Old English hebban "to lift, raise; lift up, exalt" (class VI strong verb; past tense hof, past participle hafen), from Proto-Germanic *hafjan (cf. Old Norse hefja, Dutch heffen, German heben, Gothic hafjan "to lift, raise"), from PIE *kap-yo-, from root *kap- "to grasp" (see capable).
Related to Old English habban "to hold, possess." Intransitive use by c.1200. Meaning "to throw" is from 1590s. Sense of "retch, make an effort to vomit" is first attested c.1600. Related: Heaved; heaving. Nautical heave-ho was a chant in lifting (c.1300, hevelow).