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- n. Plural form of heave.
- n. A period of retching.
- n. A disease of horses characterized by coughing and difficult breathing.
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of heave.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A disease of horses, characterized by difficult breathing, with heaving of the flank, wheezing, flatulency, and a peculiar cough; broken wind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A disease of horses, characterized by difficult and laborious respiration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a chronic emphysema of the horse that causes difficult expiration and heaving of the flanks
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The term heaves is applied almost wholly to an emphysematous condition of the lungs.
The current is turned on at a signal from the Warden, and the assassin heaves heavily as though the straps would break.
September stopped, his breath coming in short heaves.
The discussion covered a number of areas, including the pathophysiology of recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, also called heaves) and its diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Your "heaves" are at best misguided, but more likely I suspect just disingenuous.
It will bring out the characteristic symptoms of "heaves" if he has been "doped."
Horses affected with "heaves" show a double contraction of the muscles in the region of the flank during expiration.
In some localities where the frost "heaves" the sod to any extent during the winter, it will be advantageous to roll it down in the spring with a heavy roller, doing it just after a heavy rain.
Still another had the "heaves" so badly that its breathing could be heard twenty rods away.
Lung trouble, such as bronchitis and "heaves," often follows their use.