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Heave (noun)

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Heave. n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. Lift; exertion or effort upwards.

    None could guess whether the next heave of the earthquake would settle them on the first foundation, or swallow them. Dryden's Don Sebastian.

  2. Rising of the breast.

    There's matter in these sighs; these profound heaves
    You must translate; 'tis fit we understand them.

  3. Effort to vomit.

  4. Struggle to rise.

    But after many strains and heaves,
    He got up to his saddle eaves.
    Hudibras, p. i. cant. 1.

Sources: Butler, Samuel (98) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3 (39)

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