Dictionary: HEAVES – HEB'E-TA-TING

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HEAVES, n. [heevz.]

A disease of horses, characterized by difficult and laborious respiration.

HEAV'I-ER, a. [hev'ier.]

More heavy.

HEAV'I-EST, a. [hev'iest.]

Most heavy.

HEAV'I-LY, adv. [hev'ily. from heavy.]

  1. With great weight; as, to bear heavily on a thing; to be heavily loaded.
  2. With great weight of grief; grievously; afflictively. When calamities fall heavily on the Christian, he finds consolation in Christ.
  3. Sorrowfully; with grief. I came hither to transport the tidings, / Which I have heavily borne. Shak.
  4. With an air of sorrow or dejection. Why looks your grace so heavily to-day? Shak.
  5. With weight; oppressively. Taxes sometimes bear heavily on the people.
  6. Slowly and laboriously; with difficulty; as, to move heavily. So they drove them heavily. Ex. xiv.

HEAV'I-NESS, n. [hev'iness.]

  1. Weight; ponderousness; gravity; the quality of being heavy; as, the heaviness of a body.
  2. Sadness; sorrow; dejection of mind; depression of spirits. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop. Prov. xii. Ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season ye are in heaviness, through manifold temptations. 1 Pet. i.
  3. Sluggishness; torpidness; dullness of spirit; languidness; languor; lassitude. What means this heaviness that hangs upon me? Addison.
  4. Weight; burden; oppression; as, the heaviness of taxes.
  5. That which it requires great strength to move or overcome; that which creates labor and difficulty; as, the heaviness of a draught.
  6. Thickness; moistness; deepness; as, the heaviness of ground or soil.
  7. Thickness; moistness; as of air.


A rising or swell; a panting. Addison. Shak.

HEAV'ING, ppr.

Lifting; swelling; throwing; panting; making an effort to vomit.

HEAV'I-SOME, a. [hev'ysum.]

Dull; dark; drowsy. [Local.]

HEAV'Y, a. [hev'y; Sax. heafig, hefig, that is, lift-like, lifted with labor, from heafan, to heave.]

  1. Weighty; ponderous; having great weight; tending strongly to the center of attraction; contrary to light; applied to material bodies; as, a heavy stone; a heavy load.
  2. Sad; sorrowful; dejected; depressed in mind. A light wife makes a heavy husband. Shak. So is he that singeth songs to a heavy heart. Prov. xxv.
  3. Grievous; afflictive; depressing to the spirits; as, heavy news; a heavy calamity.
  4. Burdensome; oppressive; as, heavy taxes. Make thy father's heavy yoke – lighter. 1 Kings xii.
  5. Wanting life and animation; dull. My heavy eyes you say confess / A heart to love and grief inclined. Prior.
  6. Drowsy; dull. Their eyes were heavy. Matth. xxvi. Luke ix.
  7. Wanting spirit or animation; destitute of life or rapidity of sentiment; dull; as, a heavy writer; a heavy style.
  8. Wanting activity or vivacity; indolent. But of a heavy, dull, degenerate mind. Dryden.
  9. Slow; sluggish. He walks with a heavy gait.
  10. Burdensome; tedious; as, heavy hours. Time lies heavy on him who has no employment.
  11. Loaded; encumbered; burdened. He found his men heavy, and laden with booty. Bacon.
  12. Lying with weight on the stomach; not easily digested; as, oily food is heavy to the stomach.
  13. Moist; deep; soft; miry; as, heavy land; a heavy soil. We apply heavy to soft loamy or clayey land, which makes the draught of a plow or wagon difficult and laborious. So we say, a heavy road.
  14. Difficult; laborious; as, a heavy draught.
  15. Weary; supported with pain or difficulty. And the hands of Moses were heavy. Ex. xvii.
  16. Inflicting severe evils, punishments or judgments. The hand of the Lord was heavy on them of Ashdod. 1 Sam. v.
  17. Burdensome; occasioning great care. This thing is too heavy for thee. Ex. xviii.
  18. Dull; not hearing; inattentive. Neither his ear heavy, that he can not hear. Is. lix.
  19. Large, as billows; swelling and rolling with great force; as, a heavy sea.
  20. Large in amount; as, a heavy expense; a heavy debt.
  21. Thick; dense; black; as, a heavy cloud.
  22. Violent; tempestuous; as, a heavy wind or gale.
  23. Large; abundant; as, a heavy fall of snow or rain.
  24. Great; violent; forcible; as, a heavy fire of cannon or small arms.
  25. Not raised by leaven or fermentation; not light; clammy; as, heavy bread.
  26. Requiring much labor or much expense; as, a heavy undertaking.
  27. Loud; as, heavy thunder. Heavy metal, in military affairs, signifies large guns, carrying balls of a large size, or it is applied to large balls themselves.

HEAV'Y, adv. [hev'y.]

With great weight; used in composition.

HEAV'Y, v.t. [hev'y.]

To make heavy. [Not in use.] Wickliffe.


Having heavy brows.


Clumsy; not active or dextrous.


Having a heavy or dull head. [Scott. 1841.]


Laden with a heavy burden.

HEAV'Y-SPAR, n. [See Baryta.]

A genus of minerals of four species, viz. rhomboidal, prismatic, di-prismatic, and axifrangible. Jameson.

HEA'ZY, a. [Ice. hoese.]

Hoarse; wheezing. [Local.]

HEB'DO-MAD, n. [Gr. εβδομας, seven days, from επτα, seven; L. hebdomada.]

A week; a period of seven days. [Not used.] Brown.


Weekly; consisting of seven days, or occurring every seven days. Brown.


A member of a chapter or convent, whose week it is to officiate in the choir, rehearse the anthems and prayers, and perform other services, which on extraordinary occasions are performed by the superiors.


Weekly. Bp. Morton.

HEB'EN, n.

Ebony. Spenser.

HEB'E-TATE, v.t. [L. hebeto, from hebes, dull, blunt, heavy.]

To dull; to blunt; to stupefy; as, to hebetate the intellectual faculties. Arbuthnot.


Made blunt, dull or stupid.


Rendering blunt, dull or stupid.