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1.To throw a dock line, anchor line, or life ring. 2.To pull, raise, or lift, e.g. heave in the anchor line, or heave on the capstan or a block and tackle. 3.Heave to - to bring the ship to a stop in heavy weather, e.g. reduce sails or power. 4.Also hove, e.g. the ships hove into view above the horizon or alongside. 5.Heave Ho. A command to push or pull together, e.g. on the anchor line (the slang term came from sea chanties sung while pulling up the anchor). 6.See Vessel Movement.