Definition of heave to in English:

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heave to

Nautical (Of a boat or ship) come to a stop, especially by turning across the wind leaving the headsail backed: he hove to and dropped anchor
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  • As they approached the coast of Western Australia the wind blew too heavily for the ship to make landfall and they had to heave to with close reefed topsails.
  • The ship was hove to and the men in charge of patching were swung over in rope slings.
  • The boat heaves to under power and waits, the skipper aware of the half-mile visibility in haze.
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