Meaning of heave
Pronunciation: (hēv), [key]
— v., n. heaved hove heav&syling
- to raise or lift with effort or force; hoist: to heave a heavy ax.
- to throw, esp. to lift and throw with effort, force, or violence: to heave an anchor overboard; to heave a stone through a window.
- to heave a vessel aback.
- to move into a certain position or situation:to heave a vessel aback.
- to move in a certain direction:Heave the capstan around! Heave up the anchor!
- to utter laboriously or painfully: to heave a sigh.
- to cause to rise and fall with or as with a swelling motion: to heave one's chest.
- to vomit; throw up: He heaved his breakfast before noon.
- to haul or pull on (a rope, cable, line, etc.), as with the hands or a capstan: Heave the anchor cable!
- to rise and fall in rhythmically alternate movements: The ship heaved and rolled in the swelling sea.
- to breathe with effort; pant: He sat there heaving and puffing from the effort.
- to vomit; retch.
- to rise as if thrust up, as a hill; swell or bulge: The ground heaved and small fissures appeared for miles around.
- to pull or haul on a rope, cable, etc.
- to push, as on a capstan bar.
- heave about; heave alongside; heave in stays.
- to move in a certain direction or into a certain position or situation:heave about; heave alongside; heave in stays.
- (of a vessel) to rise and fall, as with a heavy beam sea.
- to careen (a vessel).
- (an exclamation used by sailors, as when heaving the anchor up.)
- to rise to view, as from below the horizon: The ship hove in sight as dawn began to break.
- to shake loose (a reef taken in a sail).
- to loosen (a sail) from its gaskets in order to set it.
- See (def. 12).
- 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.
- to come to a halt.
- an act or effort of heaving.
- a throw, toss, or cast.
- the horizontal component of the apparent displacement resulting from a fault, measured in a vertical plane perpendicular to the strike.
- the rise and fall of the waves or swell of a sea.
- Also calleda disease of horses, similar to asthma in human beings, characterized by difficult breathing.
- heave (Thesaurus)