Definition of Heave in English :

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Heave meaning in English

Meaning of Heave in English

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Heave pronunciation in English

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1. heave, heaving

an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling)

Example Sentences:
'the heaving of waves on a rough sea'

2. heave

(geology) a horizontal dislocation

3. heave, heaving

the act of lifting something with great effort

4. heave, retch

an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting

Example Sentences:
'a bad case of the heaves'

5. heave, lift, raise

the act of raising something

Example Sentences:
'he responded with a lift of his eyebrow'
'fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up'

6. heave, heaving

throwing something heavy (with great effort)

Example Sentences:
'he gave it a mighty heave'
'he was not good at heaving passes'


7. heave

utter a sound, as with obvious effort

Example Sentences:
'She heaved a deep sigh when she saw the list of things to do'

8. heave

throw with great effort

9. billow, heave, surge

rise and move, as in waves or billows

Example Sentences:
'The army surged forward'

10. heave, heave up, heft, heft up

lift or elevate

11. heave

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

Example Sentences:
'The vessel hove into sight'

12. gasp, heave, pant, puff

breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted

Example Sentences:
'The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily'

13. buckle, heave, warp

bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat

Example Sentences:
'The highway buckled during the heat wave'

14. gag, heave, retch

make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of heave
verbWord forms: heaves, heaving, heavedWord forms: mainly nautical hove
1. (transitive)
to lift or move with a great effort
2. (transitive)
to throw (something heavy) with effort
to utter (sounds, sighs, etc) or breathe noisily or unhappily
to heave a sigh
to rise and fall or cause to rise and fall heavily
5. (past tense and past participle hove) nautical
to move or cause to move in a specified way, direction, or position
to heave in sight
b. (intransitive)
(of a vessel) to pitch or roll
6. (transitive)
to displace (rock strata, mineral veins, etc) in a horizontal direction
7. (intransitive)
to retch
the act or an instance of heaving
a fling
the horizontal displacement of rock strata at a fault

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see synonyms of heave
verb transitiveWord forms: heaved, hove, ˈheaving
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
5.  Geology
to displace (a stratum or vein), as by the intersection of another stratum or vein
6.  Nautical
to raise, haul, pull, move, etc. by pulling with a rope or cable
verb intransitive
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
10.  Nautical
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
13.  Geology
the extent of horizontal displacement caused by a fault
an upward displacement of soil, rocks, etc., usually caused by frost or moisture
: often called heaving

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of heave
v. heaved, heav·ing, heaves
1. 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.
3. To give out or utter with effort or pain: heaved a sigh; heaved a groan.
4. To vomit (something).
5. past tense and past participle hove (hōv) 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.
6. To make rise or swell: the wind heaving huge waves; an exhausted dog heaving its chest.
7. Geology To displace or move (a vein, lode, or stratum, for example).
1. To rise up or swell, as if pushed up; bulge: The sidewalk froze and heaved.
2. To rise and fall in turn, as waves.
3. To gag or vomit.
4. To pant; gasp: heave for air.
5. past tense and past participle 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.
1. The act or effort of raising or lifting something: with a great heave hauled the fish onto the deck.
2. An act of hurling; a throw, especially when considered in terms of distance: a heave of 63 feet.
3. Geology
a. A horizontal dislocation, as of a rock stratum, at a fault.
b. An upward movement of a surface, especially when caused by swelling and expansion of clay, removal of overburden, or freezing of subsurface water.
4. An upward movement, especially of a ship or aircraft.
5. The act or an instance of gagging or vomiting.
6. heaves (used with a sing. or pl. verb) See recurrent airway obstruction.

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