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Heave (verb neuter)

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To Heave. v.n.

  1. To pant; to breathe with pain.

                    'Tis such as you,
    That creep like shadows by him, and do sigh
    At each his needless heavings; such as you
    Nourish the cause of his awaking.
    Shakesp. Winter's Tale.

    He heaves for breath, which, from his lungs supply'd,
    And fetch'd from far, distends his lab'ring side.
    Dryden.

  2. To labour.

    The church of England had struggled and heaved at a reformation ever since Wickliff's days. Atterbury.

  3. To rise with pain; to swell and fall.

            Thou hast made my curdled blood run back,
    My heart heave up, my hair to rise in bristles.
    Dryden.

    The wand'ring breath was on the wing to part;
    Weak was the pulse, and hardly heav'd the heart.
    Dryden.

    No object affects my imagination so much as the sea or ocean: I cannot see the heaving of this prodigious bulk of waters, even in a calm, without a very pleasing astonishment. Addison's Spectator.

    Frequent for breath his panting bosom heaves. Prior.

                The heaving tide
    In widen'd circles beats on either side.
    Gay's Trivia.

  4. To keck; to feel a tendency to vomit.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Atterbury, Francis (75) · Dryden, John (788) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Spectator (140) · Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (43)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Heave (verb neuter)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 3, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=6806.


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