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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  • "hefting – also known as heafing in this part of the country, but known as many other things across the UK.

    I’m no expert on hefting but the way I understand it to work, from a friend who does know, is that when shepherds want to establish a new flock, they take the sheep up onto the moorland where they want them to graze and they constrain them on that land. This is sometimes done with fencing, but is also done by physical shepherding. The flock gets to know where it can, and can’t, go because of the constraints.
    Eventually the shepherd removes the constraint, but the sheep don’t drift off. They stay where they have been hefted. They’ve learnt to live within their current constraints.

    Once a flock has been established within its heft, the shepherd can add new sheep to the flock and they will take on the heft of the rest of the sheep, as long as too many fresh ideas aren’t introduced. The hefting is passed from generation to generation without the need for the constraints to be put back in place. That’s how strong the constraints are in the minds of the rest of the flock.

    We’re not dissimilar to sheep. We pick a way of doing things, or a technology, based on what our tribe is doing. Having chosen a technology, we stay with it, we invest in it, and we live within its constraints. We become comfortable in our place of pasture." --Technology Perspectives.

    August 21, 2016