heave meaning

heave meaning When you heave something, you haul or lift a heavy object. You might not realize how fat your cat has become until you have to heave him out of the way to make room for yourself on the sofa.

You heave a heavy object when you lift it, like when you heave piles of wet snow out of your driveway with a shovel, and you can heave yourself out of bed in the morning, if it takes a huge effort to get yourself into a vertical position. You can even heave a heavy sigh, which simply means you sigh loudly. To vomit is also sometimes described as heaving, describing the unpleasant effort of your stomach muscles.

Definitions of heave
  1. verb

    lift or elevate

    synonyms:
    heave up, heft, heft up

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    types:

    upheave

    lift forcefully from beneath
    weigh anchor, weigh the anchor

    heave up an anchor in preparation for sailing

    type of:

    lift

    take hold of something and move it to a different location
  2. verb

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

    “The vessel
    hove into sight”
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    type of:

    move

    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  3. verb

    rise and move, as in waves or billows

    synonyms:
    billow, surge

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    type of:

    blow up, inflate

    fill with gas or air
  4. verb

    bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat

    synonyms:
    buckle, warp

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    types:

    lift

    rise upward, as from pressure or moisture

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    change surface

    undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
  5. noun

    an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling)

    synonyms:
    heaving

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    ascension, ascent, rise, rising

    a movement upward
  6. noun

    the act of lifting something with great effort

    synonyms:
    heaving

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    type of:

    ascending, ascension, ascent, rise

    the act of changing location in an upward direction
  7. noun

    the act of raising something

    synonyms:
    lift, raise

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    type of:

    actuation, propulsion

    the act of propelling
  8. noun

    (geology) a horizontal dislocation

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    type of:

    motion, movement

    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  9. verb

    throw with great effort

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    type of:

    throw

    propel through the air
  10. noun

    throwing something heavy (with great effort)

    “he gave it a mighty
    heave

    synonyms:
    heaving

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    type of:

    throw

    the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
  11. verb

    make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

    synonyms:
    gag, retch
  12. noun

    an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting

    “a bad case of the
    heaves

    synonyms:
    retch

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    type of:

    spasm

    (pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel)
  13. verb

    breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted

    synonyms:
    gasp, pant, puff

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    type of:

    blow

    exhale hard
  14. verb

    utter a sound, as with obvious effort

    “She
    heaved a deep sigh when she saw the list of things to do”
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    type of:

    emit, let loose, let out, utter

    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
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