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In health; wholesomely.


  1. A state of being well; a state in which the parts of a living body are sound, and regularly perform their functions.
  2. Wholesomeness; salubrity; state or qualities that promote health; as, the healthfulness of the air, or of climate, or of diet, or of exercises.

HEALTH'I-LY, a. [See Health.]

Without disease.


The state of health; soundness; freedom from disease; as, the healthiness of an animal or plant.


  1. Infirm; sickly.
  2. Not conducive to health. [Little used.] Taylor.


State of being healthless.


Wholesome. [Not used.] Shak.


  1. Being in a sound state; enjoying health; hale; sound; as, a healthy body or constitution.
  2. Conducive to health; wholesome; salubrious; as, a healthy exercise; a healthy climate; healthy recreations. Locke.

HEAM, n.

In beasts, the same as after-birth in women. Johnson.

HEAP, n. [Sax. heap, heop; D. hoop; G. haufe; Sw. hop; Dan. hob; Russ. kupa; W. cub, a heap, what is put together, a bundle, a cube. See Class Gb, No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.]

  1. A pile or mass; a collection of things laid in a body so as to form an elevation; as, a heap of earth or stones. Huge heaps of slain around the body rise. Dryden.
  2. A crowd; a throng; a cluster; applied to living persons. [Inelegant and not in use.] Bacon. Dryden.
  3. A mass of ruins. Thou host made of a city a heap. Is. xxv.

HEAP, v.t. [Sax. heapian; Sw. hopa; G. häufen; D. hoopen.]

  1. To throw or lay in a heap; to pile; as, to heap stones; often with up; as, to heap up earth; or with on; as, to heap on wood or coal.
  2. To amass; to accumulate; to lay up; to collect in great quantity; with up; as, to heap up treasures. Though the wicked heap up silver as the dust. Job xxvii.
  3. To add something else, in large quantities. Shak.
  4. To pile; to add till the mass takes a roundish form, or till it rises above the measure; as, to heap any thing in measuring.

HEAP'ED, pp.

Piled; amassed; accumulated.


One who heaps, piles or amasses.

HEAP'ING, ppr.

Piling; collecting into a mass.

HEAP'Y, a.

Lying in heaps; as, heapy rubbish. Gay.

HEAR, v.i.

  1. To enjoy the sense or faculty of perceiving sound. He is deaf, he can not hear.
  2. To listen; to hearken; to attend. He hears with solicitude.
  3. To be told; to receive by report. I hear there are divisions among you, and I partly believe it. 1 Cor. xi.

HEAR, v.t. [pret. and pp. heard, but more correctly heared. Sax. heoran, hyran; G. hören; D. hooren; Dan. hörer; Sw. höra. It seems to be from ear, L. auris, or from the same root. So L. audio seems to be connected with Gr. ους The sense is probably to lend the ear, to turn or incline the ear, and ear is probably a shoot or extremity.]

  1. To perceive by the ear; to feel an impression of sound by the proper organs; as, to hear sound; to hear a voice; to hear words.
  2. To give audience or allowance to speak. He sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. Acts xxiv.
  3. To attend; to listen; to obey. To-day, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart. Ps. xcv.
  4. To attend favorably; to regard. They think they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matth. vi.
  5. To grant an answer to prayer. I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice. Ps. cxvi.
  6. To attend to the facts, evidence, and arguments in a cause between parties; to try in a court of law or equity. The cause was heard and determined at the last term; or, it was heard at the last term, and will be determined at the next. So 2 Sam. xv.
  7. To acknowledge a title; a Latin phrase. Hear'st thou submissive, but a lowly birth. Prior.
  8. To be a hearer of; to sit under the preaching of; as, what minister do you hear? [A colloquial use of the word.]
  9. To learn. I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. John viii.
  10. To approve and embrace. They speak of the world, and the world heareth them. 1 John iv. To hear a bird sing, to receive private communication. Shak.

HEARD, or HEAR'ED, pp.

Perceived by the ear. [In pronunciation this word should not be confounded with herd.]


One who hears; one who attends to what is orally delivered by another; an auditor; one of an audience.


  1. The faculty or sense by which sound is perceived.
  2. Audience; attention to what is delivered; opportunity to be heard. I waited on the minister, but could not obtain a hearing.
  3. Judicial trial; attention to the facts, testimony and arguments in a cause between parties, with a view to a just decision.
  4. The act of perceiving sound; sensation or perception of sound. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear. Job xlii. And to the others he said in my hearing. Ezek. ix.
  5. Reach of the ear; extent within which sound may be heard. He was not within hearing.

HEAR'ING, ppr.

  1. Perceiving by the ear, as sound.
  2. Listening to; attending to; obeying; observing what is commanded.
  3. Attending to witnesses or advocates in a judicial trial; trying.

HEARK'EN, v.i. [h'arken; Sax. heorcnian, hyrcnian; G. horchen.]

  1. To listen; to lend the ear; to attend to what is uttered, with eagerness or curiosity. The furies hearken, and their snakes uncurl. Dryden.
  2. To attend; to regard; to give heed to what is uttered; to observe or obey. Hearken, O Israel, to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you. Deut. iv.
  3. To listen; to attend; to grant or comply with. Hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant. 1 Kings viii.

HEARK'EN, v.t. [h'arken.]

To hear by listening. [Little used.]


Heard by listening.

HEARK'EN-ER, n. [h'arkener.]

A listener; one who hearkens.