verb[with object and adverbial]
- 1Lift or carry (something heavy): he lifted crates and hefted boxesMore example sentences
- I walked back into my room and hefted a dark, heavy object.
- Theo came back out with a twelve-foot square tent in an incredibly heavy box and hefted it between them into the car.
- It had a layer of hardened leather stretched over back of it and in the center the shield was hollowed out allowing for a shoulder to fit in snugly when it was needed for ramming purposes or became too heavy to heft aloft with one arm.
- 1.1Lift or hold (something) in order to test its weight: Anne hefted the gun in her handMore example sentences
- He hefted the club, testing its weight and balance.
- David picked it up, felt the weight of it, hefted it, tossed it up and down.
- The boy had picked up the stranger's dropped guns and he hefted them curiously before he handed them back.
noun[mass noun] North American Back to top
- 1The weight of someone or something: he was buckle-kneed from the heft of his staggering loadMore example sentences
- This gave engineers the option of either creating a stiffer frame without adding heft or shedding weight without sacrificing strength.
- Every ounce of weight and heft removed from a woman's duty rig means she is that much more comfortable.
- It begins with their size and weight, their heft, and the way it feels in your hands.
- 1.1Ability or influence: they lacked the political heft to get the formulation bannedMore example sentences
- Brazil and Mexico have enough demographic and economic heft to exert real influence in international affairs.
- He combines a passion for communities, working people and social justice with intellectual heft.
- So the reactionary viewpoint has a lot of intellectual heft these days, but it doesn't have much political heft.
late Middle English (as a noun): probably from heave, on the pattern of words such as cleft and weft.