verb (heaves, heaving, heaved or, nautical, hove, heaved or, nautical hove)
- An effort to raise something, as a weight, or one's self, or to move something heavy.
- An upward motion; a rising; a swell or distention, as of the breast in difficult breathing, of the waves, of the earth in an earthquake, and the like.
- A horizontal dislocation in a metallic lode, taking place at an intersection with another lode.
- (nautical) The measure of extent to which a nautical vessel goes up and down in a short period of time. Compare with pitch.
- (context, transitive, archaic) To lift (generally); to raise, or cause to move upwards or forwards.
- (transitive) To lift with difficulty; to raise with some effort; to lift (a heavy thing).
Etymology: hebban, from Germanic
- We heaved the chest-of-doors on to the second-floor landing.
- (context, transitive, mining, geology) To displace (a vein, stratum).
- (context, transitive, now, _, rare) To cause to swell or rise, especially in repeated exertions.
- The wind heaved the waves.
- (intransitive) To rise and fall.
- Her chest heaved with emotion.
- (transitive) To utter with effort.
- She heaved a sigh and stared out of the window.
- (context, transitive, now, _, nautical) To throw, cast.
- The cap'n hove the body overboard.
- (context, transitive, nautical) To pull up with a rope or cable.
- Heave up the anchor there, boys!
- (intransitive) To make an effort to vomit; to retch.
- The smell of the old cheese was enough to make you heave.
- hafjan, from Indo-European. Cognate with Dutch heffen, German heben, Swedish hífva; and with Latin capere.
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