American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Weight; heaviness; bulk.
- v. To lift (something) in order to judge or estimate its weight.
- v. To hoist (something); heave.
- v. To have a given weight; weigh.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as haft.
- n. The act of heaving or retching; violent strain or exertion; effort.
- n. Weight; heaviness.
- n. The greater or weightier part of anything; the bulk; the gist.
- n. Need; emergency.
- n. Command; restraint.
- To heave up.
- To try the weight of.
- To weigh.
- An early modern English preterit and past participle of heave.
- n. A dwelling; a place of residence.
- To dwell.
- To familiarize with a place or an employment; attach or cause to become attached by long usage.
- n. A note-book.
- n. A part or number of a serial publication, as of a magazine; a division of a work which is being issued in parts.
- n. uncountable Weight.
- n. Heaviness, the feel of weight.
- n. Northern England A piece of mountain pasture to which a farm animal has become hefted.
- n. An animal that has become hefted thus.
- n. Poor condition in sheep caused by mineral deficiency.
- v. transitive To lift up; especially, to lift something heavy.
- v. transitive To test the weight of something by lifting it.
- v. transitive (of a farm animal, especially a flock of sheep) To become accustomed and attached to an area of mountain pasture.
- v. obsolete past participle of to heave.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Same as haft, n.
- n. obsolete The act or effort of heaving; violent strain or exertion.
- n. colloq. Weight; ponderousness.
- n. Colloq. U. S. The greater part or bulk of anything.
- n. A number of sheets of paper fastened together, as for a notebook; also, a part of a serial publication.
- v. To heave up; to raise aloft.
- v. colloq. To prove or try the weight of by raising.
- n. the property of being large in mass
- v. lift or elevate
- v. test the weight of something by lifting it
- From Old Norse hefð. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from heven, to lift; see heave. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The manager continues to see value in heft, although muscle can be accompanied by subtlety.”
“It didn't compare in heft to what a Marine carried on an amphibious landing.”
“He bade the Scrivener write the tale of the Men of the Sickle at an hundred and a half, and his folk fared past the War-leader joyously, being one half of them bowmen; and fell shooters they were; the other half were girt with swords, and bore withal long ashen staves armed with great blades curved inwards, which weapon they called heft-sax.”
“True, as Jaffe predicts, hardly anyone is really making any money; most only the people who are, indeed, are the old usual suspects with the big label heft behind them.”
“Larry Bird, Danny Ainge (who played with Petrovic in Portland) and other former NBA stars are interviewed, but the heft comes from the Croatian-born Kukoc and Radja.”
“Don't write more words than you need to add "heft" - people don't have time to waste and fluff makes you look bad - but if you need 500 words to sell the product or service, write 500.”
“The prospect of the BBC “using its massive heft is likely to upset UK media and Internet companies, which have often complained that the corporation – funded by a mandatory tax on UK television households totalling nearly 3 billion pounds ($5.4 billion) – has encroached on activities in the private sector,” says the story, adding””
“Danson, as the constantly stoned and seemingly monstrously self-absorbed magazine editor George, gives the show weight and heft, which is hard to see in the first several episodes because George appears to be a flibbertigibbet.”
“The heft is an asset: This bread makes a sturdy, flavorful base for sandwiches, a robust partner for strong cheese, jam, or spreads, and an ideal starting point for croutons (page 47) or Bruschetta, Rethought (page 51).”
“Karl Rove says Sonia Sotomayor lacks intellectual heft, which is sort of like Rod Blagojevich saying she lacks integrity.”
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