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  1. Gentilism; paganism; ignorance of the true God; idolatry; the rites or system of religion of a pagan nation. Hammond.
  2. Rudeness; barbarism; ignorance.


To render heathen or heathenish. Firmin.


Rendered heathen or heathenish.


Rendering heathenish.


State of being heathens.




A place of heath.


A species of bitter vetch, Orobus. Johnson.


A bird, the same as the heath-cock. Ed. Encyc.


A plant. Ainsworth.

HEATH'Y, a. [from heath.]

Full of heath; abounding with heath; as, heathy land. Mortimer.

HEAT'ING, ppr.

  1. Making warm or hot; inflaming; rousing the passions; exasperating.
  2. adj. Tending to impart heat to; promoting warmth or heat; exciting action; stimulating, as, heating medicines or applications.


So as to impart heat to.


Destitute of heat; cold. Beaum.

HEAVE, n. [heev.]

  1. A rising or swell; an exertion or effort upward. None could guess whether the next heave of the earthquake would settle or swallow them. Dryden.
  2. A rising swell, or distention, as of the breast. These profound heaves. Shak.
  3. An effort to vomit.
  4. An effort to rise. Hudibras.

HEAVE, v.i. [heev.]

  1. To swell, distend or dilate; as, a horse heaves in panting. Hence,
  2. To pant; to breathe with labor or pain; as, he heaves for breath. Dryden.
  3. To keck; to make an effort to vomit.
  4. To rise in billows, as the sea; to swell.
  5. To rise; to be lifted; as, a ship heaves.
  6. To rise or swell, as the earth at the breaking up of frost. To heave in sight, to appear; to make its first appearance; as a ship at sea, or as a distant object approaching or being approached. We observe that this verb has often the sense of raising or rising in an arch or circular form, as in throwing and in distention, and from this sense is derived its application to the apparent arch over our heads, heaven.

HEAVE, v.t. [heev; pret. heaved, or hove; pp. heaved, hove, formerly hoven. Sax. heafan, hefan, heofan; Goth. hafyan; Sw. häfva; D. heffen; G. heben; Dan. hæver, to heave; Gr. καφεω, to breathe; καπυω, id. Class Gb.]

  1. To lift; to raise; to move upward. So stretch'd out huge in length the arch fiend lay, / Chain'd on the burning lake, nor ever hence / Had ris'n, or heaved his head. Milton.
  2. To cause to swell. The glittering finny swarms That heave our friths and crowd upon our shores. Thomson.
  3. To raise or force from the breast; as, to heave a sigh or groan, which is accompanied with a swelling or expansion of the thorax.
  4. To raise; to elevate; with high. One heaved on high. Shak.
  5. To puff; to elate. Hayward.
  6. To throw; to cast; to send; as, to heave a stone. This is a common use of the word in popular language, and among seamen; as, to heave the lead.
  7. To raise by turning a windlass; with up; as, to heave up the anchor. Hence,
  8. To turn a windlass or capstern with bars or levers. Hence the order, to heave away. To heave ahead, to draw a ship forward. To heave astern, to cause to recede; to draw back. To heave down, to throw or lay down on one side; to careen. To heave out, to throw out. With seamen, to loose or unfurl a sail, particularly the stay-sails. To heave in stays, in tacking, to bring a ship's head to the wind. To heave short, to draw so much of a cable into the ship, as that she is almost perpendicularly above the anchor. To heave a strain, to work at the windlass with unusual exertion. To heave taught, to turn a capstern, &c. till the rope becomes straight. [See Taught and Tight.] To heave to, to bring the ship's head to the wind, and stop her motion. To heave up, to relinquish; [so to throw up;] as, to heave up a design. [Vulgar.]

HEAV'ED, pp.

lifted; swelled; panted; tried to vomit.

HEAV'EN, n. [hev'n; Sax. heafen, hefen, heofen, from heafan, to heave, and signifying elevated or arched.]

  1. The region or expanse which surrounds the earth, and which appears above and around us, like an immense arch or vault, in which are seen the sun, moon and stars.
  2. Among Christians, the part of space in which the omnipresent Jehovah is supposed to afford more sensible manifestations of his glory. Hence this is called the habitation of God, and is represented as the residence of angels and blessed spirits. Deut. xxvi. The sanctified heart loves heaven for its purity, and God for his goodness. Buckminster.
  3. Among pagans, the residence of the celestial gods.
  4. The sky or air; the region of the atmosphere; or an elevated place; in a very indefinite sense. Thus we speak of a mountain reaching to heaven; the fowls of heaven; the clouds of heaven; hail or rain from heaven. Jer. ix. Job xxxv. Their citics are walled to heaven. Deut. i.
  5. The Hebrews acknowledged three heavens; the air or aerial heavens; the firmament in which the stars are supposed to be placed; and the heaven of heavens, or third heaven, the residence of Jehovah. Brown.
  6. Modern philosophers divide the expanse above and around the earth into two parts, the atmosphere or aerial heaven, and the ethereal heaven beyond the region of the air, in which there is supposed to be a thin, unresisting medium called ether. Encyc.
  7. The Supreme Power; the Sovereign of heaven; God; as, prophets sent by heaven. I have sinned against heaven. Luke xv. Shun the impious profaneness which scoffs at the institutions of heaven. Dwight.
  8. The pagan deities; celestials. And show the heavens more just. Shak.
  9. Elevation; sublimity. O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend / The brightest heaven of invention. Shak.
  10. Supreme felicity; great happiness.
  11. The angels. Job xv. 15.
  12. Distinguished glory. Is. xiv. 12.


Aspiring to heaven. Akenside.


Banished from heaven. Milton.


Begot by a celestial being. Dryden.


Born from heaven; native of heaven, or of the celestial regions; as, heaven-born sisters. Pope.


Produced or cultivated in heaven; as, heaven-bred poesy. Shak.


Bright as heaven.