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HEFT, noun

1. Heaving; effort.

He cracks his gorge, his sides.

With violent hefts. [Not used.]

2. Weight; ponderousness. [This use is common in popular language in America. And we sometimes hear it used as a verb, as, to heft to lift for the purpose of feeling or judging of the weight.]

3. A handle; a haft. [Not used.]