• the Heavy Infantry of The Princes Of SiÛt, Armed With Lance and Buckler
    the Heavy Infantry of The Princes Of SiÛt, Armed With Lance and Buckler
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n heaviness unwelcome burdensome difficulty
    • n heaviness the property of being comparatively great in weight "the heaviness of lead"
    • n heaviness used of a line or mark
    • n heaviness an oppressive quality that is laborious and solemn and lacks grace or fluency "a book so serious that it sometimes subsided into ponderousness","his lectures tend to heaviness and repetition"
    • n heaviness persisting sadness "nothing lifted the heaviness of her heart after her loss"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Si's Load Begins to Get Heavy 023 Si's Load Begins to Get Heavy 023
A Jamestown sentry on duty shouldering his heavy matchlock musket. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) A Jamestown sentry on duty shouldering his heavy matchlock musket. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
The elephant carries a heavy barrel The elephant carries a heavy barrel
Heavy French frigate of 1780 Heavy French frigate of 1780
He felt the net very heavy; and lifted it out quickly, with Tom all entangled in the meshes He felt the net very heavy; and lifted it out quickly, with Tom all entangled in the meshes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1947, heavy snow blanketed the Northeast, burying New York City under 25.8 inches of snow in 16 hours; the severe weather was blamed for some 80 deaths.
    • n Heaviness The state or quality of being heavy in its various senses; weight; sadness; sluggishness; oppression; thickness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The heavy tea tax imposed on the colonies in 1773, which caused the "Boston Tea Party," resulted in America switching from tea to coffee. Drinking coffee was an expression of freedom.
    • n heaviness The state or quality of being heavy; weight; burden; gravity.
    • n heaviness A heavy state of mind; grief; sorrow; despondency; sluggishness; languidness; oppression; tediousness.
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “If your strength is small, don't carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don't give advice.”
  • St. Augustine
    “I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “That blessed mood in which the burthen of the mystery, in which the heavy and the weary weight of all this unintelligible world is lightened.”
  • Erma Bombeck
    “The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.”
  • Voltaire
    “What a heavy burden is a name that has become famous too soon.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “Love makes everything that is heavy light.”


A light purse is a heavy curse - Life is difficult when you don't have much money.
Heavy-handed - If someone is heavy-handed, they are insensitive and use excessive force or authority when dealing with a problem.
With a heavy hand - If someone does something with a heavy hand, they do it in a strict way, exerting a lot of control.


In literature:

He led the count to a corner of the shop, and opened a heavy oaken chest.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
But in winter a fairly heavy load of things was necessary, and the weather was wet and stormy.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
It was heavy; quite too heavy for the slender strength of a child, like Pandora.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
When Ole came staggering in, heavy with liquor, Canute rose at once.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Her head hung a little to one side as if too heavy for her wilting neck.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
His eyes were large and heavy; his long beard was whitening.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
So sure were the Rockpointers that they would win, that they gave the Lakeview people heavy odds.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
But it is heavy water, full of stuff.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
The two ships bore down gallantly upon each other, and at a little after ten in the morning passed, exchanging heavy broadsides.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot

In poetry:

Seven days since I saw my sister,
And sickness invaded me;
I am heavy in all my limbs,
My body has forsaken me.
"Sickness Invaded Me" by Anonymous Africas
One day he took a heavy slug
Of something rather hot;
He took that something from a jug,
And shortly he was not.
"Dear Friends And Neighbors" by David John Scott
Nay, rather from my weary lids,
This heavy slumber shake,
That I may pass the mystic vale,
And meet my God awake.
"The Dying Queen" by Frances Ellen Watkins
The summer suns, the winter storms,
O'er him unheeded roll,
For heavy is the weight of blood
Upon the maniac's soul.
"Jaspar" by Robert Southey
And 'neath the load of many worlds,
The lowest life God made
Lifted his huge and heavy limbs
And into heaven strayed.
"A Certain Evening" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
For I see a land with no leader,
I see a leader with no land.
The land how heavy-laden
The leader how high his longing!
"Ivar Ingemundson's Lay" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

OHIO — The hype was heavy.
Doyal Shrum, 66, of Muskogee was operating the heavy equipment on private property about a half-mile east of Porum around 3 pm when it rolled onto its side, ejecting him, troopers said.
Cody Ray Gibbs was allegedly drunk as a skunk when he was caught by police operating the heavy machinery around a construction site in Powder Springs, GA.
However, a Japanese heavy equipment company somehow found a way to break through the dirt digger's natural awesomeness.
Conde Nast Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff Predicts Heavy 'Digital' Competition for Broadcasters.
Winery dolly lightens the heavy lifting of home brewing.
Like their previous single "What About Love", the music video for "Never" was placed in heavy rotation on MTV.
Federal consumer product safety regulators are announcing another recall of children's jewelry that contains high levels of the toxic heavy metal cadmium .
Thumping heavy music blares over loudspeakers.
Remembering Heavy D, awarding Taylor Swift and Calle 13, talking to Black Tusk and Ted Leo.
Wilson to do the heavy lifting on the line against the Vikings.
3 cups whipped heavy cream.
Coach Lippincott would have been proud of both teams for the way they prepared inside gyms all week to play this game, due to heavy smoke conditions.
A priest and a washed-up heavy metal drummer step into a boat.
That's why they were big and boxy and heavy.

In science:

It was heavy but not as heavy as the next one, which was heard several seconds later. This was perceived as either one long stroke or two strokes following one another.
On the possible physical mechanism of Chernobyl catastrophe and the unsoundness of official conclusion
Heavy Quark Symmetry (HQS) has proved to be a useful tool to understand the bottom and charm physics [13, 14, 15], and it has been extensively used to describe the dynamics of systems containing a heavy quark c or b.
Charmed and Bottom Baryons: a Variational Approach based on Heavy Quark Symmetry
To use the above interaction to predict strangeness-less heavy baryon masses, such potential needs to be supplemented by interactions between heavy quarks (c and b) and light quarks (u and d).
Charmed and Bottom Baryons: a Variational Approach based on Heavy Quark Symmetry
Assume that X is top-heavy and let λ0 be the value of λ minimizing EeλX (which must exist and be strictly less than one, according to the definition of the term top-heavy).
Critical Random Walk in Random Environment on Trees of Exponential Growth
The heavy gravitino generally implies that moduli fields also have their masses around the gravitino mass scale, and therefore the cosmological gravitino/moduli problems may be solved by making these fields sufficiently heavy.
Bottom-Up Approach to Moduli Dynamics in Heavy Gravitino Scenario : Superpotential, Soft Terms and Sparticle Mass Spectrum