AskDefine | Define heft

Dictionary Definition

heft n : the property of being large in mass [syn: heftiness, massiveness, ponderousness, ponderosity]


1 lift or elevate [syn: heave, heave up, heft up]
2 test the weight of something by lifting it

User Contributed Dictionary

see Heft



From hefð.

Alternative spellings


  • /hɛft/
    Rhymes with: -ɛft


  1. Weight or the feel of weight.
    A quality hammer should have good balance and heft.
  2. A piece of mountain pasture to which a farm animal has become hefted.
  3. An animal that has become hefted thus.


  1. To lift up; especially, to lift something heavy
    He hefted the sack of concrete into the truck.
  2. To test the weight of something by lifting it.
  3. transitive Northern England The process by which a farm animal becomes accustomed to an area of mountain pasture.



to lift
  • Dutch: heffen, hijsen, opheffen, opheffen
  • French: hisser
to test the weight of something by lifting it
  • Dutch: wegen

See also



  1. haft; handle of a knife or other tool
  2. (metaphor, absolute use: het heft) control, charge



Cardinal number

  1. seven



From hefð.


  1. A piece of mountain pasture to which a farm animal has become hefted.
  2. An animal that has become hefted thus.


  1. The process by which a farm animal becomes accustomed to an area of mountain pasture.

Extensive Definition

Robert G. (Bob) Heft (born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1941) is a designer of the 50-star flag, and one of the proposed designs for a 51-star flag for the United States of America. He spent his childhood in Lancaster, Ohio, where he created the flag as a school project.
He designed the current U.S. flag in 1958 while living with his grandparents. He was 17 years old at the time and did the flag design as a class project. He unstitched the blue field from a family 48-star flag, sewed in a new field, and used iron-on white fabric to add 100 hand-cut stars, 50 on each side of the blue canton. (Leepson, p.245)
He originally received a "B-" for the project. After discussing the grade with his high school teacher, Stanley Pratt, it was agreed that if the flag was accepted by Congress, the grade would be reconsidered. Heft's flag design was chosen and adopted by presidential proclamation after Alaska and before Hawaii was admitted into the union in 1959. According to Heft, his teacher did keep to their agreement and changed his grade to an "A" for the project.
Heft has also stated he has copyrighted designs for 52- through 60-star American flags
When Alaska and Hawaii were being considered for Statehood, more than 1,500 designs were spontaneously submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower by Americans. Although some of them were 49-star versions, the vast majority were 50-star proposals. At least three, and probably more, of these designs were identical to the present design of the 50-star flag. These designs are in the Eisenhower Presidential Archives in Abilene, Kansas. Only a small fraction of them have ever been published.
After graduating from college, Heft became a high school teacher and also served as mayor of Napoleon, Ohio for 28 years. After retiring from teaching, he currently is a motivational speaker.


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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