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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
heft
verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Young men hefted the 110-pound sacks of potatoes into a truck.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He memorized the positions of the walks before hefting the branch and starting down the slope.
▪ I stepped back obligingly and let him heft the box up off the floor and carry it to my car.
▪ Nor could the cadets yet don the power armour necessary to heft such bulk.
▪ There was another fellow running about there like us, some one from the guesthall, hefting things around off the altars.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Heft

Heft \Heft\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hefted ( Heft, obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Hefting.]

  1. To heave up; to raise aloft.

    Inflamed with wrath, his raging blade he heft.
    --Spenser.

  2. To prove or try the weight of by raising. [Colloq.]

Heft

Heft \Heft\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hefted ( Heft, obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Hefting.]

  1. To heave up; to raise aloft.

    Inflamed with wrath, his raging blade he heft.
    --Spenser.

  2. To prove or try the weight of by raising. [Colloq.]

Heft

Heft \Heft\, n.; G. pl. Hefte. [G.] A number of sheets of paper fastened together, as for a notebook; also, a part of a serial publication.

The size of ``hefts'' will depend on the material requiring attention, and the annual volume is to cost about 15 marks.
--The Nation.

Heft

Heft \Heft\, n. [From Heave: cf. hefe weight. Cf. Haft.]

  1. The act or effort of heaving; violent strain or exertion.

    He craks his gorge, his sides, With violent hefts.
    --Shak.

  2. Weight; ponderousness. [Colloq.]

    A man of his age and heft.
    --T. Hughes.

  3. The greater part or bulk of anything; as, the heft of the crop was spoiled. [Colloq. U. S.]
    --J. Pickering.

Heft

Heft \Heft\, n. Same as Haft, n. [Obs.]
--Waller.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
heft

"to lift," 1660s, from heft (n.). Related: Hefted; hefting.

heft

mid-15c., "weight, heaviness, quality of weight," from heave on analogy of thieve/theft, weave/weft, etc.; also influenced by heft, obsolete past participle of heave.

Wiktionary
heft

Etymology 1 alt. (context uncountable English) weight. n. (context uncountable English) weight. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To lift up; especially, to lift something heavy. 2 (context transitive English) To test the weight of something by lifting it. 3 (context transitive Northern England and Scotland English) (context of a farm animal, especially a flock of sheep English) To become accustomed and attached to an area of mountain pasture. 4 (context obsolete English) past participle of to heave. Etymology 2

n. 1 A number of sheets of paper fastened together, as for a notebook. 2 A part of a serial publication.

WordNet
heft

n. the property of being large in mass [syn: heftiness, massiveness, ponderousness, ponderosity]

heft
  1. v. lift or elevate [syn: heave, heave up, heft up]

  2. test the weight of something by lifting it

Wikipedia
Heft

Heft or HEFT can mean:

  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, a health service body in England
  • Heterogeneous Earliest Finish Time, a scheduling algorithm
  • High-Energy Focusing Telescope, an experiment in X-ray astronomy
  • Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike, a road in the United States
  • Heft or Hefting, a term in sheep husbandry

Usage examples of "heft".

Then, while Chubby and I hefted the two heavy Evinrudes, Angelo allowed the wind to push the whaleboat out into the bay where he pulled the drainplugs and she filled immediately with water.

Sweaty oil added a high polish to their bodies that made their red skin look like ripe McIntosh apples, and the gnashing of teeth could be heard through the metal clunk and thump of heaving and hefting.

He hefted a piece of doweling and squinted down its length, then carried the wood up the porch stairs to a small table saw.

Impatiently hefting his sword, he waited for Hasan and Enam to carry the corpse into a dark corridor and return alone.

Rannach hefted his lance, fixed his shield firmer about his left arm, and faced the timber.

The godling had his hammer in his hand, and was hefting it thoughtfully.

He hefted it and sighted along the barrel as Gunsel had told him how to aim it.

With the wire cutters in one hand, he unclipped his handbow from his belt and hefted it in the other hand.

On his right hip he still hefted the enormous satin-finish cannon, the .

The blond man stooped quickly, hefted the two thugs onto their feet, and darted down the short hallway toward the door at the other end.

Then, hefted it a bit, as if he were weighing the one letter against the other.

My driver hefted a large hammer, decided against giving the engine a coup de grace, slung the hammer aside, and walked to the rear of the taxi to detach a bike and hand it over.

John hefted her up into the saddle and she sat there, laughing with joy and petting the lovely beast.

He set the, flash on a shelf and hefted the clock in his arms, lifting it easily.

He hefted the box up, nails rattling against wrenches, and strode to the garage door, punched in the code.