from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The sky or universe as seen from the earth; the firmament. Often used in the plural.
- n. Christianity The abode of God, the angels, and the souls of those who are granted salvation.
- n. Christianity An eternal state of communion with God; everlasting bliss.
- n. Any of the places in or beyond the sky conceived of as domains of divine beings in various religions.
- n. God: Heaven help you!
- n. Used in various phrases to express surprise: Good heavens!
- n. The celestial powers; the gods. Often used in the plural: The heavens favored the young prince.
- n. A condition or place of great happiness, delight, or pleasure: The lake was heaven.
- idiom move heaven and earth To do everything possible to bring about something desired.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The sky.
- n. The paradise of the afterlife in certain religions, considered to be the home of the god or gods of those religions, and often the home, or one of various possible homes, of souls of deceased people.
- n. A blissful place or experience.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The expanse of space surrounding the earth; esp., that which seems to be over the earth like a great arch or dome; the firmament; the sky; the place where the sun, moon, and stars appear; -- often used in the plural in this sense.
- n. The dwelling place of the Deity; the abode of bliss; the place or state of the blessed after death.
- n. The sovereign of heaven; God; also, the assembly of the blessed, collectively; -- used variously in this sense, as in No. 2..
- n. Any place of supreme happiness or great comfort; perfect felicity; bliss; a sublime or exalted condition.
- transitive v. To place in happiness or bliss, as if in heaven; to beatify.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The expanse of space surrounding the earth, and appearing above and around us as a great arch or vault, in which the sun, moon, and stars seem to be set; the sky; the firmament; the celestial regions: often used in the plural.
- n. Sky as typical of climate; a zone or region.
- n. The celestial abode of immortal beings; the place or state of existence of blessed spirits beyond the sphere of or after departure from the earthly life.
- n. [capitalized] The Supreme Being; God; Providence.
- n. plural The celestial powers; heavenly beings.
- n. Supreme exaltation or felicity; consummate happiness; a state of bliss.
- To place in or as if in heaven; make supremely happy or blessed; beatify.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the abode of God and the angels
- n. any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
Middle English heven, from Old English heofon.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English heven, from Old English heofon ("heaven, sky"), from Proto-Germanic *himinaz, *himilaz (“heaven, sky”), from Proto-Indo-European *k(')em-en-, *k(')em-er- (“sky, cloud”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱam- (“cover, shroud, clothes”). Cognate with Low German Heven ("heaven, sky"), Old Saxon heƀan ("heaven, sky"), Old Norse hifinn, himinn ("heaven, sky"), Gothic (himins, "heaven, sky"), Dutch hemel ("heaven"), German Himmel ("heaven"), and perhaps Welsh cwmwl ("cloud"), Cornish kommol ("cloud"), Breton koumoul ("cloud") – unless all these three reflect a borrowing of Latin cumulus ("heap") into Proto-British instead, compare Modern English cumulus ("a type of cloud"). Related to chemise. (Wiktionary)