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Definitions of heave

  1. rise and move, as in waves or billows; " The army surged forward"
  2. bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat; " The highway buckled during the heatwave"
  3. make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit
  4. breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted; " The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily"
  5. nautical: to move or cause to move in a specified way, direction, or position; " The vessel hove into sight"
  6. throwing something heavy ( with great effort); " he gave it a mighty heave"; " he was not good at heaving passes"
  7. the act of raising something; " he responded with a lift of his eyebrow"; " fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up"
  8. an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; " a bad case of the heaves"
  9. the act of lifting something with great effort
  10. ( geology) a horizontal dislocation
  11. an upward movement ( especially a rhythmical rising and falling); " the heaving of waves on a rough sea"
  12. lift or elevate
  13. utter a sound, as with obvious effort; " She heaved a deep sigh when she saw the list of things to do"
  14. throw with great effort
  15. To raise or force from the breast; to utter with effort; as, to heave a sigh.
  16. To cause to swell or rise, as the breast or bosom.
  17. To be thrown up or raised; to rise upward, as a tower or mound.
  18. 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.
  19. To make an effort to raise, throw, or move anything; to strain to do something difficult.
  20. To make an effort to vomit; to retch; to vomit.
  21. An effort to raise something, as a weight, or one's self, or to move something heavy.
  22. 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.
  23. A horizontal dislocation in a metallic lode, taking place at an intersection with another lode.
  24. 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.
  25. To throw; to cast; - obsolete, provincial, or colloquial, except in certain nautical phrases; as, to heave the lead; to heave the log.
  26. 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.
  27. To hoist or lift up; force from the breast, as a sigh; cause to swell; throw.
  28. To be lifted up; swell; rise and fall alternately; struggle or toil; pant; vomit.
  29. An effort or exertion upwards; lift; the act of throwing; swell.
  30. To lift up: to throw: to cause to swell: to force from the breast.
  31. To be raised: to rise and fall: to try to vomit:- pr. p. heaving; pa. t. and pa. p. heaved' or ( naut.) hove.
  32. An effort upward: a throw: a swelling: an effort to vomit:- pl. a disease of horses characterized by difficult and laborious breathing.
  33. A lifting; swelling.
  34. Heaved or hove.
  35. To be raised; rise and fall; pull.
  36. To lift; throw; utter, as a sign.
  37. To raise with effort; throw with difficulty.
  38. To rise or swell up; pant; strain; labor.
  39. A heaving; throw; swell, as of waves.
  40. An effort upward; a rising swell or distention; a throw; an effort to vomit. To heave down, to throw or lay down on one side; to careen. To heare out, to throw out. To heave to, to bring the ship's head to the wind, and stop her motion. To heave in sight, to appear.
  41. To lift up; to raise; to cause to swell; to force from the breast; to throw; to hoist.
  42. To swell, distend, or dilate; to pant; to make an effort to vomit.
  43. To raise or force from the breast, as a sigh; to throw or cast with strong effort; to cause to swell; to pant; to rise with pain; to swell and fall; to have an inclination to vomit.
  44. A rising or swell; exertion or effort upwards; in mining, the displacement of a vein or bed when thrown upwards by the intersection of another vein or fault.
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Usage examples for heave

  1. On either side the waters heave and swell, But all is calm within the little Isle; Content it is to give its holy smile, And bless with peace the lives that in it dwell. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. Heave to- o- o- o, till I send a boat aboard. – Lost in the Fog by James De Mille
  3. Heave a board on my shoulder, Fluke. – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White
  4. He took a step and a heave and both were on the window- sill. – Plotting in Pirate Seas by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  5. Heave ahead, Tom, and I'll help whenever I can. – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  6. Heave away, my boys! – "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea by Morgan Robertson
  7. Heave to, or we'll cut you all to pieces! – Marcy The Blockade Runner by Harry Castlemon
  8. We went to work for ten hours on end, laying out anchors in readiness to heave off at high water. – The Mirror of the Sea by Joseph Conrad
  9. I can see Elihu guiding the corner post of the first bent and when the men were ready calling out: " All together now," " set her up," " heave 'o heave heave 'o heave till the bent was in position. – My Boyhood by John Burroughs
  10. I saw the little heave of her bosom, whether in laughter or emotion I could not tell. – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  11. He could heave it back all right if only he could get a hand on it. –  by
  12. " Now, lads, heave with a will," cried Higson, and the door gave way. – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston
  13. You go ahead and heave him up. – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  14. Then, snatching up the carpenter's bench with one hand and gathering his great body for the effort, he gave a heave of his shoulders and tossed the bench far out on the water. – The Mutineers by Charles Boardman Hawes
  15. If you don't want the egg heave it over. – Into the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  16. " 'Tis a clear invitation to heave to," said Sir Oliver. – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini
  17. " She's going to heave to," he cried. – The Black Bar by George Manville Fenn
  18. " You have managed the whole thing beautifully," she said, with a grateful heave of her ample bosom. – Thelma by Marie Corelli
  19. Heave ahead, son; you interest me. – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
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