Definition of heave noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hiːv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hiːv//
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  1. 1[countable] an act of lifting, pulling or throwing With a mighty heave he lifted the sack onto the truck.
  2. 2[uncountable] (especially literary) a rising and falling movement the steady heave of the sea
  3. Word OriginOld English hebban, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heffen and German heben ‘lift up’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: heave