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heft (n.)

mid-15c., "weight, heaviness, quality of weight," from heave (v.) on analogy of thieve/theft, weave/weft, etc. Also influenced by heft, obsolete past participle of heave.

heft (v.)

"to lift, try the weight of," 1660s, from heft (n.). Related: Hefted; hefting.

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Definitions of heft from WordNet
1
heft (v.)
lift or elevate;
Synonyms: heave / heave up / heft up
heft (v.)
test the weight of something by lifting it;
2
heft (n.)
the property of being large in mass;
Synonyms: heftiness / massiveness / ponderousness / ponderosity
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