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noun 
  1. An effort to raise something, as a weight, or one's self, or to move something heavy.
  2. 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.
  3. A horizontal dislocation in a metallic lode, taking place at an intersection with another lode.
  4. (nautical) The measure of extent to which a nautical vessel goes up and down in a short period of time. Compare with pitch.
verb (heaves, heaving, heaved or, nautical, hove, heaved or, nautical hove)
  1. (context, transitive, archaic) To lift (generally); to raise, or cause to move upwards or forwards.
  2. (transitive) To lift with difficulty; to raise with some effort; to lift (a heavy thing).
We heaved the chest-of-doors on to the second-floor landing.
  1. (context, transitive, mining, geology) To displace (a vein, stratum).
  2. (context, transitive, now, _, rare) To cause to swell or rise, especially in repeated exertions.
The wind heaved the waves.
  1. (intransitive) To rise and fall.
Her chest heaved with emotion.
  1. (transitive) To utter with effort.
She heaved a sigh and stared out of the window.
  1. (context, transitive, now, _, nautical) To throw, cast.
The cap'n hove the body overboard.
  1. (context, transitive, nautical) To pull up with a rope or cable.
Heave up the anchor there, boys!
  1. (intransitive) To make an effort to vomit; to retch.
The smell of the old cheese was enough to make you heave.
Etymology: hebban, from Germanic
  • hafjan, from Indo-European. Cognate with Dutch heffen, German heben, Swedish hífva; and with Latin capere.



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