(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
More example sentences
- 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.
Definition of heave to in:
- The US English dictionary