heave to

heave to
\\ˈ ̷ ̷ˈtü\ transitive verb
: to bring (a ship) by the wind with after sheets in and headsails aback so as to make no headway but to lie motionless except for drift
: to heave a ship to

decided to heave to until daylight before attempting to pass the reef

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heave to (nautical)
To come (or bring a vessel) to a standstill
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Main Entry:heave

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ˌheave ˈto [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they heave to he/she/it heaves to present participle heaving to past tense heaved to past participle heaved to] mainly literary phrasal verb
if a ship heaves to, it stops moving. The past tense and past participle is hove to .
Thesaurus: irregular past tenses and past participleshyponym what ships and boats dohyponym
Main entry: heave

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Nautical (of a boat or ship) come to a stop, esp. by turning across the wind leaving the headsail backed

he hove to and dropped anchor

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heave to [phrasal verb]
past tense and past participle hove of a boat or ship : to stop moving

The ship hove to.

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Main Entry:heave

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ˌheave ˈto derived
(technical) if a ship or its ↑crew (= the people sailing it) heave to, the ship stops moving  Hove is usually used for the past tense and past participle in this phrasal verb.
Main entry:heavederived

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