heft n

OE hębban < Germanic.

  1. Majesty; grandeur; heaviness; solemnity; soberness; melancholy; pensiveness; somberness; ponderousness; heavyheartedness; profound sadness.
  2. Burden; millstone; weighty load; heavy encumbrance; [fig.] torment; torture; affliction; overwhelming trial; painful suffering.

heft v

see heft, n.

  1. Weigh; gauge; measure; compare the weight of; lift in order to weigh; [fig.] ponder; size up; analyze; scrutinize; compare mentally.