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heave (v.)

Old English hebban "to lift, raise; lift up, exalt" (class VI strong verb; past tense hof, past participle hafen), from Proto-Germanic *hafjan (source also of Old Norse hefja, Dutch heffen, German heben, Gothic hafjan "to lift, raise"), from PIE *kap-yo-, from root *kap- "to grasp." The sense evolution would be "to take, take hold of," thence "lift."

Related to have (Old English habban "to hold, possess"). Meaning "to throw" is from 1590s. Nautical meaning "haul or pull" in any direction is from 1620s. Intransitive use from early 14c. as "be raised or forced up;" 1610s as "rise and fall with alternate motion." Sense of "retch, make an effort to vomit" is first attested c. 1600. Related: Heaved; heaving. Nautical heave-ho was a chant in lifting (c. 1300, hevelow).

heave (n.)

1570s, from heave (v.). Meaning "a dismissal" is from 1944.

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Definitions of heave from WordNet
1
heave (v.)
utter a sound, as with obvious effort;
She heaved a deep sigh when she saw the list of things to do
heave (v.)
throw with great effort;
heave (v.)
rise and move, as in waves or billows;
Synonyms: billow / surge
heave (v.)
lift or elevate;
Synonyms: heave up / heft / heft up
heave (v.)
move or cause to move in a specified way, direction, or position;
The vessel hove into sight
heave (v.)
breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted;
Synonyms: pant / puff / gasp
heave (v.)
bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat;
Synonyms: buckle / warp
heave (v.)
make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit;
Synonyms: gag / retch
2
heave (n.)
an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling);
Synonyms: heaving
heave (n.)
(geology) a horizontal dislocation;
heave (n.)
the act of lifting something with great effort;
Synonyms: heaving
heave (n.)
an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting;
a bad case of the heaves
Synonyms: retch
heave (n.)
the act of raising something;
Synonyms: lift / raise
heave (n.)
throwing something heavy (with great effort);
he gave it a mighty heave
Synonyms: heaving
From wordnet.princeton.edu