1 [+adv./prep.] to lift, pull or throw sb/sth very heavy with one great effort:
[VN] I managed to heave the trunk down the stairs. * They heaved the body overboard. * He heaved himself out of his armchair. * [V] We all heaved on the rope. * Heave away lads!
2 [V] ~ (with sth) to rise up and down with strong, regular movements:
The boat heaved beneath them. * Her shoulders heaved with laughter.
“The sea slowly heaves itself skywards”
verb [+adv./prep.] to throw sb/sth or be thrown suddenly and violently through the air:
[VN] She was catapulted out of the car as it hit the wall. * (figurative) The movie catapulted him to international stardom. [also V]
“Man and board catapult upwards”
to come or go upwards; to reach a higher level or position:
Smoke was rising from the chimney. * The river has risen (by) several metres.
“The sea rising into a mountain of water”
[usually +adv./prep.] (of a bird or plane) to fly quickly and suddenly downwards, especially in order to attack sb/sth:
The aircraft swooped down over the buildings. * A hawk swooped low over the field.
“To gain momentum, he swoops down the front of the wave”
[+adv./prep.] to move or move sth very quickly and with great power in a particular direction:
[V] He powered through the water. * [VN] She powered her way into the lead. * He powered his header past the goalie.
“He then turns back to power up the steepening cliff”
[V] to make a low continuous sound:
The computers were humming away. * The overhead wires hummed with power.
“The sail hums with energy”
[usually +adv./prep.] to move, or to move sth, into a particular position quickly, especially with a sudden sharp noise:
[V-ADJ] The lid snapped shut. * His eyes snapped open. * [V] He snapped to attention and saluted. * [VN-ADJ] She snapped the bag shut.
“His sail snaps into a tight aerodynamic curve”
[usually +adv./prep.] to turn your body with quick sharp movements...