Heave. n.s. [from the verb.]
- 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.
- Rising of the breast.
There's matter in these sighs; these profound heaves
You must translate; 'tis fit we understand them. Shakesp.
- Effort to vomit.
- Struggle to rise.
But after many strains and heaves,
He got up to his saddle eaves. Hudibras, p. i. cant. 1.