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 hovesling, fling, haul, hoist, hurl, tug, breathe, huff, groan, spew, vomit, puff, exhale, pull, elevate, raise, launch, toss, chuck, send
Examples from the Web for hove
Historical Examples of hove
We carved off a supply from both, and saved the skins, and hove the rest overboard.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Off the Island of Fuego, we hove to, and found we could get no water.
We now hove clear of the bank, restowed the cargo, and made sail for Batavia.
I entered the first tavern that hove insight, he promising to “stay about.”Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
Sim had stooped to pick up the quarter the Prince of Wales had hove at him.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
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
"wait, linger, hover," mid-13c., of unknown origin. Chiefly nautical at first, of ships standing off a coast, also of birds in the air. Common 13c.-16c., then superseded by its derivative, hover.
"to rise up, to swell," 1590s, from heave, perhaps pulled from a past tense form.
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).