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 for To heave the lead
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lead \Lead\ (l[e^]d), n. [OE. led, leed, lead, AS. le['a]d; akin
     to D. lood, MHG. l[=o]t, G. loth plummet, sounding lead,
     small weight, Sw. & Dan. lod. [root]123.]
     1. (Chem.) One of the elements, a heavy, pliable, inelastic
        metal, having a bright, bluish color, but easily
        tarnished. It is both malleable and ductile, though with
        little tenacity, and is used for tubes, sheets, bullets,
        etc. Its specific gravity is 11.37. It is easily fusible
        (melting point 327.5[deg] C), forms alloys with other
        metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal.
        Atomic number 82. Atomic weight, 207.2. Symbol Pb (L.
        Plumbum). It is chiefly obtained from the mineral galena,
        lead sulphide.
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     2. An article made of lead or an alloy of lead; as:
        (a) A plummet or mass of lead, used in sounding at sea.
        (b) (Print.) A thin strip of type metal, used to separate
            lines of type in printing.
        (c) Sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs;
            hence, pl., a roof covered with lead sheets or terne
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                  I would have the tower two stories, and goodly
                  leads upon the top.               --Bacon
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     3. A small cylinder of black lead or graphite, used in
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     Black lead, graphite or plumbago; -- so called from its
        leadlike appearance and streak. [Colloq.]
     Coasting lead, a sounding lead intermediate in weight
        between a hand lead and deep-sea lead.
     Deep-sea lead, the heaviest of sounding leads, used in
        water exceeding a hundred fathoms in depth. --Ham. Nav.
     Hand lead, a small lead use for sounding in shallow water.
     Krems lead, Kremnitz lead [so called from Krems or
        Kremnitz, in Austria], a pure variety of white lead,
        formed into tablets, and called also Krems white, or
        Kremnitz white, and Vienna white.
     Lead arming, tallow put in the hollow of a sounding lead.
        See To arm the lead (below).
     Lead colic. See under Colic.
     Lead color, a deep bluish gray color, like tarnished lead.
     Lead glance. (Min.) Same as Galena.
     Lead line
        (a) (Med.) A dark line along the gums produced by a
            deposit of metallic lead, due to lead poisoning.
        (b) (Naut.) A sounding line.
     Lead mill, a leaden polishing wheel, used by lapidaries.
     Lead ocher (Min.), a massive sulphur-yellow oxide of lead.
        Same as Massicot.
     Lead pencil, a pencil of which the marking material is
        graphite (black lead).
     Lead plant (Bot.), a low leguminous plant, genus Amorpha
        ({Amorpha canescens), found in the Northwestern United
        States, where its presence is supposed to indicate lead
        ore. --Gray.
     Lead tree.
        (a) (Bot.) A West Indian name for the tropical, leguminous
            tree, Leuc[ae]na glauca; -- probably so called from
            the glaucous color of the foliage.
        (b) (Chem.) Lead crystallized in arborescent forms from a
            solution of some lead salt, as by suspending a strip
            of zinc in lead acetate.
     Mock lead, a miner's term for blende.
     Red lead, a scarlet, crystalline, granular powder,
        consisting of minium when pure, but commonly containing
        several of the oxides of lead. It is used as a paint or
        cement and also as an ingredient of flint glass.
     Red lead ore (Min.), crocoite.
     Sugar of lead, acetate of lead.
     To arm the lead, to fill the hollow in the bottom of a
        sounding lead with tallow in order to discover the nature
        of the bottom by the substances adhering. --Ham. Nav.
     To cast the lead, or To heave the lead, to cast the
        sounding lead for ascertaining the depth of water.
     White lead, hydrated carbonate of lead, obtained as a
        white, amorphous powder, and much used as an ingredient of
        white paint.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Heave \Heave\ (h[=e]v), v. t. [imp. Heaved (h[=e]vd), or
     Hove (h[=o]v); p. p. Heaved, Hove, formerly Hoven
     (h[=o]"v'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Heaving.] [OE. heven, hebben,
     AS. hebban; akin to OS. hebbian, D. heffen, OHG. heffan,
     hevan, G. heben, Icel. hefja, Sw. h[aum]fva, Dan. h[ae]ve,
     Goth. hafjan, L. capere to take, seize; cf. Gr. kw`ph handle.
     Cf. Accept, Behoof, Capacious, Forceps, Haft,
     1. To cause to move upward or onward by a lifting effort; to
        lift; to raise; to hoist; -- often with up; as, the wave
        heaved the boat on land.
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              One heaved ahigh, to be hurled down below. --Shak.
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     Note: Heave, as now used, implies that the thing raised is
           heavy or hard to move; but formerly it was used in a
           less restricted sense.
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                 Here a little child I stand,
                 Heaving up my either hand.         --Herrick.
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     2. To throw; to cast; -- obsolete, provincial, or colloquial,
        except in certain nautical phrases; as, to heave the lead;
        to heave the log.
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     3. To force from, or into, any position; to cause to move;
        also, to throw off; -- mostly used in certain nautical
        phrases; as, to heave the ship ahead.
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     4. To raise or force from the breast; to utter with effort;
        as, to heave a sigh.
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              The wretched animal heaved forth such groans.
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     5. To cause to swell or rise, as the breast or bosom.
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              The glittering, finny swarms
              That heave our friths, and crowd upon our shores.
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     To heave a cable short (Naut.), to haul in cable till the
        ship is almost perpendicularly above the anchor.
     To heave a ship ahead (Naut.), to warp her ahead when not
        under sail, as by means of cables.
     To heave a ship down (Naut.), to throw or lay her down on
        one side; to careen her.
     To heave a ship to (Naut.), to bring the ship's head to the
        wind, and stop her motion.
     To heave about (Naut.), to put about suddenly.
     To heave in (Naut.), to shorten (cable).
     To heave in stays (Naut.), to put a vessel on the other
     To heave out a sail (Naut.), to unfurl it.
     To heave taut (Naut.), to turn a capstan, etc., till the
        rope becomes strained. See Taut, and Tight.
     To heave the lead (Naut.), to take soundings with lead and
     To heave the log. (Naut.) See Log.
     To heave up anchor (Naut.), to raise it from the bottom of
        the sea or elsewhere.
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