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heft

[heft] /hɛft/
noun
1.
weight; heaviness:
It was a rather flimsy chair, without much heft to it.
2.
significance or importance.
3.
Archaic. the bulk or main part.
verb (used with object)
4.
to test the weight of by lifting and balancing:
He hefted the spear for a few moments, and then flung it at the foe.
5.
to heave; hoist.
Origin of heft
1550-1560
1550-60; heave + -t, variant of -th1
Related forms
hefter, noun
unhefted, adjective
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  • There the Knight called to one of his men and bade him knock at the porter's lodge with the heft of his sword.

  • I'd told him the heft of the yarn on the way from the church, and he was interested.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He raised the string and from slackness it became taut with the heft of lead.

    The White Crystals Howard R. Garis
  • "I spend the heft of my daytimes out in the Back yard," he wrote.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Likely enough to-morrow the sun will come out hot and take off the heft of this snow.

    Jack the Young Explorer George Bird Grinnell
British Dictionary definitions for heft

heft

/hɛft/
verb (transitive)
1.
to assess the weight of (something) by lifting
2.
to lift
noun
3.
(US) weight
4.
(US) the main part
Derived Forms
hefter, noun
Word Origin
C19: probably from heave, by analogy with thieve, theft, cleave, cleft
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Word Origin and History for heft
n.

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.

v.

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

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