Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Weight; heaviness; bulk.
  • transitive v. To lift (something) in order to judge or estimate its weight.
  • transitive v. To hoist (something); heave.
  • intransitive v. To have a given weight; weigh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Weight.
  • n. Heaviness, the feel of weight.
  • n. 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. To lift up; especially, to lift something heavy.
  • v. To test the weight of something by lifting it.
  • v. (of a farm animal, especially a flock of sheep) To become accustomed and attached to an area of mountain pasture.
  • v. past participle of to heave.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as haft, n.
  • n. The act or effort of heaving; violent strain or exertion.
  • n. Weight; ponderousness.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To heave up; to raise aloft.
  • transitive v. To prove or try the weight of by raising.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To heave up.
  • To try the weight of.
  • To weigh.
  • An early modern English preterit and past participle of heave.
  • To dwell.
  • To familiarize with a place or an employment; attach or cause to become attached by long usage.
  • 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.
  • n. A dwelling; a place of residence.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being large in mass
  • v. lift or elevate
  • v. test the weight of something by lifting it

Etymologies

Middle English, from heven, to lift; see heave.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse hefð. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The manager continues to see value in heft, although muscle can be accompanied by subtlety.

    Kevin Davies gets surprise England call-up for Montenegro game

  • It didn't compare in heft to what a Marine carried on an amphibious landing.

    Sulfur Island

  • 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.

    The Roots of the Mountains; Wherein Is Told Somewhat of the Lives of the Men of Burgdale

  • 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.

    Eurogamer

  • 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.

    SI.com

  • 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.

    WebProNews Feed

  • 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”

    BBC to sell music downloads

  • 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.

    Lance Mannion:

  • 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).

    The Food Matters Cookbook

  • Karl Rove says Sonia Sotomayor lacks intellectual heft, which is sort of like Rod Blagojevich saying she lacks integrity.

    Sonia Sotomayor and GOP Self-Immolation

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