heave


heave
heaver, n.heaveless, adj.
/heev/, v., heaved or (esp. Naut.) hove; heaving; n.
v.t.
1. to raise or lift with effort or force; hoist: to heave a heavy ax.
2. to throw, esp. to lift and throw with effort, force, or violence: to heave an anchor overboard; to heave a stone through a window.
3. Naut.
a. to move into a certain position or situation: to heave a vessel aback.
b. to move in a certain direction: Heave the capstan around! Heave up the anchor!
4. to utter laboriously or painfully: to heave a sigh.
5. to cause to rise and fall with or as with a swelling motion: to heave one's chest.
6. to vomit; throw up: He heaved his breakfast before noon.
7. to haul or pull on (a rope, cable, line, etc.), as with the hands or a capstan: Heave the anchor cable!
v.i.
8. to rise and fall in rhythmically alternate movements: The ship heaved and rolled in the swelling sea.
9. to breathe with effort; pant: He sat there heaving and puffing from the effort.
10. to vomit; retch.
11. to rise as if thrust up, as a hill; swell or bulge: The ground heaved and small fissures appeared for miles around.
12. to pull or haul on a rope, cable, etc.
13. to push, as on a capstan bar.
14. Naut.
a. to move in a certain direction or into a certain position or situation: heave about; heave alongside; heave in stays.
b. (of a vessel) to rise and fall, as with a heavy beam sea.
15. heave down, Naut. to careen (a vessel).
16. heave ho (an exclamation used by sailors, as when heaving the anchor up.)
17. heave in sight, to rise to view, as from below the horizon: The ship hove in sight as dawn began to break.
18. heave out, Naut.
a. to shake loose (a reef taken in a sail).
b. to loosen (a sail) from its gaskets in order to set it.
19. heave the lead. See lead2 (def. 12).
20. heave to,
a. Naut. to stop the headway of (a vessel), esp. by bringing the head to the wind and trimming the sails so that they act against one another.
b. to come to a halt.
n.
21. an act or effort of heaving.
22. a throw, toss, or cast.
23. Geol. the horizontal component of the apparent displacement resulting from a fault, measured in a vertical plane perpendicular to the strike.
24. the rise and fall of the waves or swell of a sea.
25. heaves, (used with a sing. v.) Also called broken wind. Vet. Pathol. a disease of horses, similar to asthma in human beings, characterized by difficult breathing.
[bef. 900; ME heven, var. (with -v- from pt. and ptp.) of hebben, OE hebban; c. G heben, ON hefja, Goth hafjan; akin to L capere to take]
Syn. 1. elevate. See raise. 2. hurl, pitch, fling, cast, sling. 11. surge, billow.

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