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Definition of 'heave'

Noun

  1. an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling); "the heaving of waves on a rough sea"
       Synonyms: heaving
  2. (geology) a horizontal dislocation
  3. the act of lifting something with great effort
       Synonyms: heaving
  4. an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; "a bad case of the heaves"
       Synonyms: retch
  5. the act of raising something; "he responded with a lift of his eyebrow"; "fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up"
       Synonyms: lift raise
  6. throwing something heavy (with great effort); "he gave it a mighty heave"; "he was not good at heaving passes"
       Synonyms: heaving

Verb

  1. utter a sound, as with obvious effort; "She heaved a deep sigh when she saw the list of things to do"
  2. throw with great effort
  3. rise and move, as in waves or billows; "The army surged forward"
       Synonyms: billow surge
  4. lift or elevate
       Synonyms: heave up heft heft up
  5. move or cause to move in a specified way, direction, or position; "The vessel hove into sight"
  6. breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted; "The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily"
       Synonyms: pant puff gasp
  7. bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat; "The highway buckled during the heat wave"
       Synonyms: buckle warp
  8. make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit
       Synonyms: gag retch


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