- The definition of heave is to lift something heavy, or throw something far or with great effort, or to try to vomit.
- When you struggle to lift a heavy object, this is an example of a time when you heave.
- When you throw something across the room, this is an example of a time when you heave it across the room.
- When you try to throw up and make retching noises, this is an example of a time when you heave.
heave definition by Webster's New World
- to raise or lift, esp. with effort
- to lift in this way and throw or cast
- to throw
- to make rise or swell, as one's chest
- to utter (a sigh, groan, etc.) with great effort or pain
- Geol. to displace (a stratum or vein), as by the intersection of another stratum or vein
- Naut. to raise, haul, pull, move, etc. by pulling with a rope or cable
Origin: Middle English heven ; from Old English hebban, akin to German heben (Goth hafjan) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kap-, to seize, grasp from source have, Classical Latin capere
- to swell up; bulge out
- to rise and fall rhythmically: heaving waves
- to make strenuous, spasmodic movements of the throat, chest, or stomach; specif.,
- to retch; vomit or try to vomit
- to pant; breathe hard; gasp
- to tug or haul (on or at a cable, rope, etc.)
- to push (at a capstan to turn it)
- to proceed; move: a ship hove into sight
- the act or effort of heaving
- a throw
- the extent of horizontal displacement caused by a fault
- an upward displacement of soil, rocks, etc., usually caused by frost or moistureoften called heaving
- heaver noun
heave definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb heaved heaved, heav·ing, heaves verb, transitive
- To raise or lift, especially with great effort or force: heaved the box of books onto the table. See Synonyms at lift.
- a. To throw (a heavy object) with great effort; hurl: heave the shot; heaved a brick through the window.b. To throw or toss: heaved his backpack into the corner.
- To utter with effort or pain: heaved a groan of despair.
- To vomit (something).
- past tense and past participle hove hove Nautical a. To raise or haul up by means of a rope, line, or cable: hove the anchor up and set sail.b. To move (a ship) in a certain direction or into a certain position by hauling: hove the ship astern.
- To make rise or swell: the wind heaving huge waves; an exhausted dog heaving its chest.
- Geology To displace or move (a vein, lode, or stratum, for example).
- To rise up or swell, as if pushed up; bulge: The sidewalk froze and heaved.
- To rise and fall in turn, as waves.
- To gag or vomit.
- past tense and past participle hove hove Nautical a. To move in a certain direction or to a specified position: The frigate hove alongside.b. To pull at or haul a rope or cable: The brig is heaving around on the anchor.c. To push at a capstan bar or lever.
- The effort of heaving.
- An act of hurling; a throw, especially when considered in terms of distance: a heave of 63 feet.
- Geology A horizontal dislocation, as of a rock stratum, at a fault.
- An upward movement.
- The act or an instance of gagging or vomiting.
- heaves (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A pulmonary disease of horses that is characterized by respiratory irregularities, such as coughing, and is noticeable especially after exercise or in cold weather.
Origin: Middle English heven, from Old English hebban; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- heavˈer noun
heave - Phrases/Idioms
- Naut. to stop forward movement, esp. by bringing the vessel's head into the wind and keeping it there
- to stop