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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of heft.


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  • Odin hefted the axe over his shoulder and smiled indulgently as the boar reached him.

    The Pig’s End « A Fly in Amber

  • Without another word Mountain hefted himself into his own bed.

    Salem Falls

  • Dave gave a gasp of dismay as he "hefted" the rough implements.

    Boy Scouts of the Air on Lost Island

  • After looking over my kit carefully (even the dog was "hefted" on the chance he might have to ride at times), he decided the number of coolies necessary.

    A Wayfarer in China Impressions of a trip across West China and Mongolia

  • He was 'hefted' to it, as the farmers said of their stock.

    Border Ghost Stories

  • A quizzical smile crinkled the corners of his eyes as he "hefted" his burdens.

    Where the Sun Swings North

  • It will presumably be finished in another two years, as only parts of the letters U and W remain to be done, and it will then consist of ten colossal volumes, some of which can be conveniently 'hefted' only by a fairly athletic student.

    On Dictionaries

  • With swift precision he took from one of the home-carpentered shelves a compact emergency kit, 17 S 4230, "hefted" it, and adjusted it, knapsack fashion, to his back; then from a small cabinet drew a flask, which he disposed in his hip-pocket.

    Success A Novel

  • Pete and "hefted" those remains with a critical finger and thumb.

    The Ridin' Kid from Powder River

  • Abernethy picked up a cutlass, "hefted" it thoughtfully, rolled his sleeve back upon a lean and sinewy old arm that was tanned until it looked like a piece of weathered oak, spat upon his hand and whirled the weapon till it whistled in the air.

    The Cruise of the Jasper B.


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  • "Hefted" is the term for sheep or cattle that belong to a certain patch of land. A truly hefted flock or herd consists of sheep or cattle which have been bred for generations on the same piece of land, and they always instinctively return to this land.

    Hefted animals are frequently more aware of what to do when a severe storm strikes. For instance, on a bad night they might not go out as far on the exposed hills.

    From the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic, in The Guardian

    December 25, 2008