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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
1550-1560
1550-60; heave + -t, variant of -th1
Related forms
hefter, noun
unhefted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hefter

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 hefter

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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