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This week's theme: short words.
heft (heft) noun
1. Weight; heaviness.
1. To test the weight of something by lifting.
2. To heave or hoist.
[After heave, on the pattern of cleave/cleft, leave/left, thieve/theft, weave/weft, etc. From Middle English heven (to lift, take).]
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"Turning 40 once meant winding down, but for thousands of Canadian women, it means winding up: hefting barbells, hitting the books, embracing whole new lives." Deborah Jones; Middle-aged? Who, Me?; Chatelaine (Toronto, Canada); Apr 1, 1998.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. -Joseph Addison, essayist and poet (1672-1719)