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HEAVEN \Heav"en\ (h[e^]v"'n), n. [OE. heven, hefen, heofen, AS.
heofon; akin to OS. hevan, LG. heben, heven, Icel. hifinn;
of uncertain origin, cf. D. hemel, G. himmel, Icel. himmin,
Goth. himins; perh. akin to, or influenced by, the root of E.
heave, or from a root signifying to cover, cf. Goth. gaham[=o]n
to put on, clothe one's self, G. hemd shirt, and
perh. E. chemise.]
1. The expanse of space surrounding the earth; esp., that
which seems to be over the earth like a great arch or
dome; the firmament; the sky; the place where the sun,
moon, and stars appear; -- often used in the plural in
I never saw the heavens so dim by day. --Shak.
When my eyes shall be turned to behold for the last
time the sun in heaven. --D. Webster.
2. The dwelling place of the Deity; the abode of bliss; the
place or state of the blessed after death.
Unto the God of love, high heaven's King. --Spenser.
It is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to
New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven. --Keble.
Note: In this general sense heaven and its corresponding
words in other languages have as various definite
interpretations as there are phases of religious
3. The sovereign of heaven; God; also, the assembly of the
blessed, collectively; -- used variously in this sense, as
in No. 2.
Her prayers, whom Heaven delights to hear. --Shak.
The will And high permission of all-ruling Heaven.
4. Any place of supreme happiness or great comfort; perfect
felicity; bliss; a sublime or exalted condition; as, a
heaven of delight. ``A heaven of beauty.'' --Shak. ``The
brightest heaven of invention.'' --Shak.
O bed! bed! delicious bed! That heaven upon earth to
the weary head! --Hood.
Note: Heaven is very often used, esp. with participles, in
forming compound words, most of which need no special
explanation; as, heaven-appeasing, heaven-aspiring, heaven-begot,
heaven-born, heaven-bred, heaven-conducted, heaven-descended,
heaven-directed, heaven-exalted, heaven-given, heaven-guided,
heaven-inflicted, heaven-inspired, heaven-instructed, heaven-kissing,
heaven-loved, heaven-moving, heaven-protected, heaven-taught,
heaven-warring, and the like.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary,
Often Hell. The abode of condemned souls and devils in some religions; the place of eternal punishment for the wicked after death, presided over by Satan.
A state of separation from God.
The abode of the dead, identified with the Hebrew Sheol and the Greek Hades; the underworld.
Hell. Christian Science. Mortal belief; sin or error.
A situation or place of evil, misery, discord, or destruction: “War is hell” (William Tecumseh Sherman).
Torment; anguish: went through hell on the job.
The powers of darkness and evil.
Informal. One that causes trouble, agony, or annoyance: The boss is hell when a job is poorly done.
A sharp scolding: gave the student hell for cheating.
Informal. Excitement, mischievousness, or high spirits: We did it for the sheer hell of it.
A tailor's receptacle for discarded material.
Printing. A hellbox.
Informal. Used as an intensive: How the hell can I go? You did one hell of a job. He ran like hell to catch the bus.
Archaic. A gambling house.
v. intr. helled, hell·ing, hells. Informal
To behave riotously; carouse: out all night helling around.
Used to express anger, disgust, or impatience.
Idioms: for the hell of it
For no particular reason; on a whim: walked home by the old school for the hell of it.
hell on Informal
Damaging or destructive to: Driving in a hilly town is hell on the brakes.
Unpleasant to or painful for.
hell or high water or hell and high water
Troubles or difficulties of whatever magnitude: We're staying, come hell or high water.
hell to pay
Great trouble: If we're wrong, there'll be hell to pay.
"If, when I die, I find myself in a tunnel of light and all my dead relatives and friends are there to welcome me, well, I'll be pleasantly surprised and glad to admit I was wrong (about the afterlife).
"However, if I die and that's it, I no longer exist, well, you won't hear me complaing then either."