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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Heave v. i.
 1. To be thrown up or raised; to rise upward, as a tower or mound.
    And the huge columns heave into the sky.   --Pope.
    Where heaves the turf in many a moldering heap.   --Gray.
    The heaving sods of Bunker Hill.   --E. Everett.
 2. To rise and fall with alternate motions, as the lungs in heavy breathing, as waves in a heavy sea, as ships on the billows, as the earth when broken up by frost, etc.; to swell; to dilate; to expand; to distend; hence, to labor; to struggle.
    Frequent for breath his panting bosom heaves.   --Prior.
    The heaving plain of ocean.   --Byron.
 3. To make an effort to raise, throw, or move anything; to strain to do something difficult.
    The Church of England had struggled and heaved at a reformation ever since Wyclif's days.   --Atterbury.
 4. To make an effort to vomit; to retch; to vomit.
 To heave at. (a) To make an effort at. (b) To attack, to oppose. [Obs.] --Fuller.
 To heave in sight (as a ship at sea), to come in sight; to appear.
 To heave up, to vomit. [Low]