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Heaves \Heaves\, n. A disease of horses, characterized by difficult breathing, with heaving of the flank, wheezing, flatulency, and a peculiar cough; broken wind.


n. 1 (plural of heave English) 2 (context colloquial English) A period of retching. 3 A disease of horses characterized by coughing and difficult breathing. vb. (en-third-person singular of: heave)


n. a chronic emphysema of the horse that causes difficult expiration and heaving of the flanks [syn: broken wind]

Usage examples of "heaves".

He heaves a bomb up out of the box, introduces it to the muzzle of the fat tube, lets it go, and plugs his ears.

He tosses his rifle to a native, strides up to Shaftoe, and heaves him up over his shoulders in a fireman's carry.

But around the time Manila heaves into view, a warm breeze springs up over the deck and all of the Marines sigh, as if they have all ejaculated in unison.

He removes its glass stopper, hugs it, and heaves it over so that the orange fluid begins to glug out into the funnel and thence into the jar.

Waterhouse heaves it out of its cradle, rings the operator, places a call across the island to the naval station, and gets through to a radio man.

He bends down, wraps his fingers around a cold brick on the bottom of the river, and heaves it up out of the water.

He heaves it off the carousel and checks the tiny combination padlocks: one on the zipper for the main compartment and one on a smaller pocket at the end of the bag.

Randy's half expecting Doug Shaftoe and his comrades to rappel down from the roof and enter suddenly in glittering and screaming cloaks of broken window-glass and extract Randy while Attorney Alejandro heaves his bulk against this half-ton nara table and uses it to block the door shut.

Randy heaves a little sigh when he thinks of this, sensing some trace of cosmic symmetry revealed.

He heaves his briefcase up off the floor and onto his lap, flips the latches open, and reaches into it with both hands.

Survivors flee in terror, leaving everything behind, until the earth heaves again as the sea floor rises.

He retched, but there was nothing more than bile in his stomach, and after a few heaves he just sat there shaking and wishing he had actually died on that cart.

Beyond the crown, the ground heaves and collapses in on itself as half the island shears away.

He stands up and takes her little soft coat and holds it for her, and like a great green fish, his prize, she heaves across and up out of the booth and coldly lets her­self be fitted into it.

His fingers fumble for the hymnal as the organ heaves into the service.