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1. To cause to move upward or onward by a lifting effort; to lift; to raise; to hoist; often with up; as, the wave heaved the boat on land.

heave, as now used, implies that the thing raised is heavy or hard to move; but formerly it was used in a less restricted sense.

2. To throw; to cast; obsolete, provincial, or colloquial, except in certain nautical phrases; as, to heave the lead; to heave the log.

3. To force from, or into, any position; to cause to move; also, to throw off; mostly used in certain nautical phrases; as, to heave the ship ahead.

4. To raise or force from the breast; to utter with effort; as, to heave a sigh.

5. To cause to swell or rise, as the breast or bosom. To heave a cable short, to raise it from the bottom of the sea or elsewhere.

2. To rise and fall with alternate motions, as the lungs in heavy breathing, as waves in a heavy sea, as ships on the billows, as the earth when broken up by frost, etc.; to swell; to dilate; to expand; to distend; hence, to labour; to struggle. Frequent for breath his panting bosom heaves. (Prior) The heaving plain of ocean. (Byron)

3. To make an effort to raise, throw, or move anything; to strain to do something difficult.

4. To make an effort to vomit; to retch; to vomit. To heave at. To make an effort at. To attack, to oppose. To heave in sight (as a ship at sea), to come in sight; to appear. To heave up, to vomit.

2. An upward motion; a rising; a swell or distention, as of the breast in difficult breathing, of the waves, of the earth in an earthquake, and the like.

3. (Science: geology) a horizontal dislocation in a metallic lode, taking place at an intersection with another lode.

Origin: oe. Heven, hebben, as. Hebban; akin to os. Hebbian, D. Heffen, OHG. Heffan, hevan, g. Heven, Icel. Hafva, dan. Haeve, goth. Hafjan, L. Capere to take, seize; cf. Gr. Handle. Cf. Accept, Behoof, Capacious, forceps, haft, Receipt.