Definitions of heave

  1. To swell, distend, or dilate; to pant; to make an effort to vomit.
  2. To raise or force from the breast; to utter with effort; as, to heave a sigh.
  3. To cause to swell or rise, as the breast or bosom.
  4. 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.
  5. To throw; to cast; - obsolete, provincial, or colloquial, except in certain nautical phrases; as, to heave the lead; to heave the log.
  6. 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.
  7. To hoist or lift up; force from the breast, as a sigh; cause to swell; throw.
  8. To lift up: to throw: to cause to swell: to force from the breast.
  9. To lift; throw; utter, as a sign.
  10. To be thrown up or raised; to rise upward, as a tower or mound.
  11. To make an effort to raise, throw, or move anything; to strain to do something difficult.
  12. To make an effort to vomit; to retch; to vomit.
  13. To be lifted up; swell; rise and fall alternately; struggle or toil; pant; vomit.
  14. To be raised: to rise and fall: to try to vomit:- pr. p. heaving; pa. t. and pa. p. heaved' or ( naut.) hove.
  15. To be raised; rise and fall; pull.
  16. bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat; " The highway buckled during the heatwave"
  17. nautical: to move or cause to move in a specified way, direction, or position; " The vessel hove into sight"
  18. utter a sound, as with obvious effort; " She heaved a deep sigh when she saw the list of things to do"
  19. throw with great effort
  20. Heaved or hove.
  21. To lift up; to raise; to cause to swell; to force from the breast; to throw; to hoist.
  22. 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.
  23. an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; " a bad case of the heaves"
  24. the act of lifting something with great effort
  25. ( geology) a horizontal dislocation
  26. an upward movement ( especially a rhythmical rising and falling); " the heaving of waves on a rough sea"
  27. An effort to raise something, as a weight, or one's self, or to move something heavy.
  28. 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.
  29. A horizontal dislocation in a metallic lode, taking place at an intersection with another lode.
  30. An effort or exertion upwards; lift; the act of throwing; swell.
  31. An effort upward: a throw: a swelling: an effort to vomit:- pl. a disease of horses characterized by difficult and laborious breathing.
  32. A lifting; swelling.
  33. A heaving; throw; swell, as of waves.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.