What does heave mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. heave, heaving(noun)

    an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling)

    "the heaving of waves on a rough sea"

  2. heave(noun)

    (geology) a horizontal dislocation

  3. heave, heaving(noun)

    the act of lifting something with great effort

  4. heave, retch(noun)

    an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting

    "a bad case of the heaves"

  5. lift, raise, heave(noun)

    the act of raising something

    "he responded with a lift of his eyebrow"; "fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up"

  6. heave, heaving(verb)

    throwing something heavy (with great effort)

    "he gave it a mighty heave"; "he was not good at heaving passes"

  7. heave(verb)

    utter a sound, as with obvious effort

    "She heaved a deep sigh when she saw the list of things to do"

  8. heave(verb)

    throw with great effort

  9. billow, surge, heave(verb)

    rise and move, as in waves or billows

    "The army surged forward"

  10. heave, heave up, heft, heft up(verb)

    lift or elevate

  11. heave(verb)

    move or cause to move in a specified way, direction, or position

    "The vessel hove into sight"

  12. pant, puff, gasp, heave(verb)

    breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted

    "The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily"

  13. heave, buckle, warp(verb)

    bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat

    "The highway buckled during the heat wave"

  14. gag, heave, retch(verb)

    make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit


  1. heave(Noun)

    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.

  2. heave(Noun)

    An effort to raise something, as a weight, or one's self, or to move something heavy.

  3. heave(Noun)

    A horizontal dislocation in a metallic lode, taking place at an intersection with another lode.

  4. heave(Noun)

    The measure of extent to which a nautical vessel goes up and down in a short period of time. Compare with pitch.

  5. heave(Verb)

    To lift (generally); to raise, or cause to move upwards (particularly in ships or vehicles) or forwards.

  6. heave(Verb)

    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.

  7. heave(Verb)

    To displace (a vein, stratum).

  8. heave(Verb)

    To cause to swell or rise, especially in repeated exertions.

    The wind heaved the waves.

  9. heave(Verb)

    To rise and fall.

    Her chest heaved with emotion.

  10. heave(Verb)

    To utter with effort.

    She heaved a sigh and stared out of the window.

  11. heave(Verb)

    To throw, cast.

    The cap'n hove the body overboard.

  12. heave(Verb)

    To pull up with a rope or cable.

    Heave up the anchor there, boys!

  13. heave(Verb)

    To move in a certain direction or into a certain position or situation.

    The ship hove in sight.

  14. heave(Verb)

    To make an effort to vomit; to retch.

    The smell of the old cheese was enough to make you heave.

  15. Origin: heven, hebben, from hebban, from habjanan (compare West Frisian heffe, Dutch heffen, German heben, Danish hæve), from kap- (compare Old Irish cáin 'law, tribute', cacht 'prisoner', Latin capio 'to take', Latvian kàmpt 'to seize', Albanian kap, Ancient Greek κάπτω, κώπη).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heave(verb)

    to cause to move upward or onward by a lifting effort; to lift; to raise; to hoist; -- often with up; as, the wave heaved the boat on land

  2. Heave(verb)

    to throw; to cast; -- obsolete, provincial, or colloquial, except in certain nautical phrases; as, to heave the lead; to heave the log

  3. Heave(verb)

    to force from, or into, any position; to cause to move; also, to throw off; -- mostly used in certain nautical phrases; as, to heave the ship ahead

  4. Heave(verb)

    to raise or force from the breast; to utter with effort; as, to heave a sigh

  5. Heave(verb)

    to cause to swell or rise, as the breast or bosom

  6. Heave(verb)

    to be thrown up or raised; to rise upward, as a tower or mound

  7. Heave(verb)

    to rise and fall with alternate motions, as the lungs in heavy breathing, as waves in a heavy sea, as ships on the billows, as the earth when broken up by frost, etc.; to swell; to dilate; to expand; to distend; hence, to labor; to struggle

  8. Heave(verb)

    to make an effort to raise, throw, or move anything; to strain to do something difficult

  9. Heave(verb)

    to make an effort to vomit; to retch; to vomit

  10. Heave(noun)

    an effort to raise something, as a weight, or one's self, or to move something heavy

  11. Heave(noun)

    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

  12. Heave(noun)

    a horizontal dislocation in a metallic lode, taking place at an intersection with another lode

  13. Origin: [OE. heven, hebben, AS. hebban; akin to OS. hebbian, D. heffen, OHG. heffan, hevan, G. heben, Icel. hefja, Sw. hfva, Dan. hve, Goth. hafjan, L. capere to take, seize; cf. Gr. kw`ph handle. Cf. Accept, Behoof, Capacious, Forceps, Haft, Receipt.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heave

    hēv, v.t. to lift up: to throw upward: to draw in any direction, as by a windlass: to cause to swell: to force from the breast: (geol.) to move away or displace (a vein or stratum).—v.i. to be raised: to rise and fall: to try to vomit:—pr.p. heav′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. heaved or (naut.) hōve.—n. an effort upward: a throw: a swelling: an effort to vomit: broken wind in horses.—ns. Heave′-off′ering, a voluntary Jewish offering lifted up before the Lord by the priest; Heav′er, one who, or that which, heaves; Heaves, a disease in horses; Heave′-shoul′der, the shoulder of an animal elevated in sacrifice; Heav′ing, a rising: swell: (Shak.) panting.—Heave ho! an exclamation used by sailors in putting forth exertion, as in heaving the anchor; Heave in sight, to come into view; Heave to, to bring a vessel to a stand-still, to make her lie to. [A.S. hebban, pa.t. hóf, pa.p. hafen; Ger. heben.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. HEAVE

    To raise. HEAVEN A good place to be raised to.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heave in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of heave in a Sentence

  1. Newt Gingrich:

    I actually think it is very good for the long-run health of the administration that they're learning early that managing the Congress is a very difficult and very complicated job, if they'd been able to rush it through, they wouldn't heave learned just how hard everything in Congress is.

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