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heav·en

 (hĕv′ən)
n.
1. often heavens The sky or universe as seen from the earth; the firmament.
2. Christianity
a. often Heaven The abode of God, the angels, and the souls of those who are granted salvation.
b. An eternal state of communion with God; everlasting bliss.
3. Any of the places in or beyond the sky conceived of as domains of divine beings in various religions.
4.
a. Heaven God: Heaven help you!
b. heavens Used in various phrases to express surprise: Good heavens!
5. often heavens The celestial powers; the gods: The heavens favored the young prince.
6. A condition or place of great happiness, delight, or pleasure: The lake was heaven.
Idiom:
move heaven and earth
To do everything possible to bring about something desired.

[Middle English heven, from Old English heofon; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

heaven

(ˈhɛvən)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (sometimes capital) Christianity
a. the abode of God and the angels
b. a place or state of communion with God after death. Compare hell
2. (Astronomy) (usually plural) the sky, firmament, or space surrounding the earth
3. (Classical Myth & Legend) (in any of various mythologies) a place, such as Elysium or Valhalla, to which those who have died in the gods' favour are brought to dwell in happiness
4. a place or state of joy and happiness
5. (or: plural; sometimes capital) God or the gods, used in exclamatory phrases of surprise, exasperation, etc: for heaven's sake; heavens above.
6. in seventh heaven ecstatically happy
7. move heaven and earth to do everything possible (to achieve something)
[Old English heofon; related to Old Saxon heban]

heav•en

(ˈhɛv ən)

n.
1. the abode of God, the angels, and the spirits of the righteous after death; the place or state of existence of the blessed after the mortal life.
2. (cap.) Often, Heavens. the celestial powers; God.
3. Often, heavens. God (used in expressions of emphasis, surprise, etc.): For heaven's sake! Good heavens!
4. Usu., heavens. the sky, firmament, or expanse of space surrounding the earth.
5. a place or state of supreme happiness.
[before 900; Middle English heven, Old English heofon, c. Old Saxon heban, Old Norse himinn; akin to Old Saxon, Old High German himil]

Heaven

See also astronomy.

the astronomical study and mapping of the heavens, especially the fixed stars. — uranographer, uranographist, n. — uranographic, uranographi-cal, adj.
uranography.
1. measurement of the positions of astronomical bodies.
2. a chart showing such measurements and positions. — uranometrical, adj.
an abnormal fear of the heavens.

Heaven

 the assembly of the blessed, collectively; an archway or canopy.
Examples: heaven of cedar boughs, of brass, 1600; of delight, 1883; of heavens, 1885; of joy, 1596; of heavenware [angels collectively], 1000.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heaven - any place of complete bliss and delight and peaceheaven - any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
region, part - the extended spatial location of something; "the farming regions of France"; "religions in all parts of the world"; "regions of outer space"
2.Heaven - the abode of God and the angels
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
Abraham's bosom, bosom of Abraham - the place where the just enjoy the peace of heaven after death
Celestial City, City of God, Heavenly City, Holy City - phrases used to refer to Heaven; "the Celestial City was Christian's goal in Bunyan's `Pilgrim's Progress'"
Elysian Fields, Elysium - (Greek mythology) the abode of the blessed after death
Garden of Eden, Eden - a beautiful garden where Adam and Eve were placed at the Creation; when they disobeyed and ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil they were driven from their paradise (the fall of man)
Paradise - (Christianity) the abode of righteous souls after death
Promised Land - the goal towards which Christians strive
Valhalla, Walhalla - (Norse mythology) the hall in which the souls of heros slain in battle were received by Odin
infernal region, nether region, perdition, Inferno, Hell, pit - (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment; "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton; "a demon from the depths of the pit"; "Hell is paved with good intentions"-Dr. Johnson

heaven

noun
1. paradise, next world, hereafter, nirvana (Buddhism, Hinduism), bliss, Zion (Christianity), Valhalla (Norse myth), Happy Valley, happy hunting ground (Native American legend), life to come, life everlasting, abode of God, Elysium or Elysian fields (Greek myth) I believed that when I died I would go to heaven.
2. (Informal) happiness, paradise, ecstasy, bliss, felicity, utopia, contentment, rapture, enchantment, dreamland, seventh heaven, transport, sheer bliss My idea of heaven is drinking champagne with friends on a sunny day.
in seventh heaven ecstatic, on a high, over the moon, on top of the world, on cloud nine, tickled pink, walking on air, beside yourself with joy He's been in seventh heaven since he met her.
move heaven and earth struggle, work hard, strive, spare no effort, try very hard, go all out, pull out all the stops, bend over backwards (informal), do your best, put yourself out I moved heaven and earth to get you that job!
the heavens (Old-fashioned) sky, ether, firmament, celestial sphere, welkin (archaic), empyrean (poetic) a detailed map of the heavens
Related words
fear ouranophobia
Quotations
"Work and pray"
"Live on hay"
"You'll get pie in the sky when you die" [Joe Hill The Preacher and the Slave]
"The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed" Bible: St. Matthew
"The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls; who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it" Bible: St. Matthew
"The heaven of each is but what each desires" [Thomas Moore Lalla Rookh]
"heaven: a place where the wicked cease from troubling you with talk of their personal affairs, and the good listen with attention while you expound your own" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]

heaven

noun
1. The celestial regions as seen from the earth.Often used in plural:
Archaic: welkin.
2. A state of elated bliss:
Informal: cloud nine.
Translations
السَّماءجَنَّةسعاده عَظيمَه
nebeobloharáj
himlenhimmelhimmerigeparadis
taivasparatiisi
nebesa
mennymennyboltmennyországégégbolt
langit
himinn; himinhvolfinhimnaríkisælustaîur, sæla
天国
천국
caelum
rojusvienas Dievas žinoačiū Dievui!dangaus kūnaidangus
debesisparadīze
nebo
nebesa
nebesaneboraj
himmelsky
สวรรค์
cennetgökyüzüsonsuz mutlulukgök
thiên đườngtrời

heaven

[ˈhɛvən]
n
(= paradise) → ciel m, paradis m
to go to heaven → monter au ciel, monter au paradis
it was heaven (= lovely) → c'était divin
to move heaven and earth to do sth → remuer ciel et terre pour faire qch
(in exclamations) heaven forbid! → grands dieux non!
thank heavens! → Dieu merci!
for heaven`s sake! (pleading)pour l'amour du ciel!; (protesting)mince alors!
heaven help you! → je vous souhaite bien de la chance !
heaven knows what ... → Dieu sait ce que ...
Heaven knows what they put in it → Dieu sait ce qu'ils mettent dedans.
Heaven knows, they have enough money → Dieu sait pourtant qu'ils ont assez d'argent.
heavens npl (= sky) the heavens → le ciel
the heavens opened (= it started pouring with rain) → le ciel se mit à déverser des trombes d'eau

heaven

n
(lit, fig inf)Himmel m; the heavens (liter)der Himmel; in heavenim Himmel; to go to heavenin den Himmel kommen; he is in (seventh) heavener ist im siebten Himmel; to move heaven and earthHimmel und Hölle in Bewegung setzen; it was heavenes war einfach himmlisch; the shop was a chocolate lover’s heaven!das Geschäft war ein Paradies für Schokoladenfans!; the heavens openedder Himmel öffnete seine Schleusen
(inf) (good) heavens!(du) lieber Himmel! (inf), → du liebe Zeit! (inf); would you like to? — (good) heavens no!möchten Sie? — um Gottes or Himmels willen, bloß nicht!; I wish to heaven (that) …ich wünschte mir wirklich, dass …; heaven knows what …weiß Gott or der Himmel, was … (inf); heaven knows I need some good luckich brauche weiß Gott ein bisschen Glück; heaven forbid!bloß nicht, um Himmels willen! (inf); heaven forbid that I should end up like himdass ich um Himmels willen nicht auch so wie er werde! (inf); heaven help the man she marriesder arme Mann, den sie mal heiratet (inf); for heaven’s sake!um Himmels or Gottes willen!; what in heaven’s name …?was um Himmels or Gottes willen …?

heaven

[ˈhɛvn] n
a. (Rel) → cielo, paradiso (fig) → paradiso
to go to heaven → andare in paradiso
(good) heavens! → santo cielo!
thank heaven! → grazie al cielo!
heaven forbid! → Dio ce ne guardi!
for heaven's sake! (protesting) → santo cielo!, in nome del cielo!
this is heaven! (fam) → che meraviglia!
to move heaven and earth to do sth → muovere mari e monti or farsi in quattro per fare qc
in seventh heaven → al settimo cielo
heaven on earth → il paradiso terrestre
b. the heavens npl (liter) (sky) → il cielo, la volta celeste
the heavens opened → si è messo a diluviare

heaven

(ˈhevn) noun
1. in some religions, the place where God or the gods live, and where good people go when they die.
2. the sky. He raised his eyes to heaven / the heavens.
3. (something which brings) great happiness. `This is heaven', she said, lying on the beach in the sun.
ˈheavenly adverb
1. very pleasant; beautiful. What a heavenly colour!
2. of or from heaven.
ˈheavenliness noun
ˈheavens (also good heavens) () interjection
an expression of surprise, dismay etc. Heavens! I forgot to buy your birthday present.
heavenly bodies
the sun, moon, planets, stars.
ˌheaven-ˈsent adjective
very lucky or convenient. a heaven-sent opportunity.
for heaven's sake
an expression used to show anger, surprise etc. For heaven's sake, stop making that noise!
heaven knows
1. I don't know. Heaven knows what he's trying to do.
2. certainly. Heaven knows I've tried to help.
thank heavens
an expression used to show that a person is glad something has (not) happened. Thank heavens he isn't coming!; Thank heavens for that!

heaven

جَنَّة nebe himlen Himmel παράδεισος cielo taivas paradis nebesa paradiso 天国 천국 hemel himmel niebo paraíso небеса himmel สวรรค์ cennet thiên đường 天堂
References in classic literature ?
Rather will I sit in a tub under a closed heaven, rather will I sit in the abyss without heaven, than see thee, thou luminous heaven, tainted with passing clouds!
Nor was long His witness unconfirmed: on him baptized Heaven opened, and in likeness of a Dove The Spirit descended, while the Father's voice From Heaven pronounced him his beloved Son.
And they uttering their immortal voice, celebrate in song first of all the reverend race of the gods from the beginning, those whom Earth and wide Heaven begot, and the gods sprung of these, givers of good things.
All things are in the hand of heaven, and Folly, eldest of Jove's daughters, shuts men's eyes to their destruction.
In this the poet begins by telling of how Satan, in his pride, rebelled against God, and of how he was cast forth from heaven with all those who had joined with him in rebelling.
I was a child and She was a child, In this kingdom by the sea, But we loved with a love that was more than love - I and my ANNABEL LEE - With a love that the wingéd seraphs of Heaven Coveted her and me.
A PIOUS Person who had overcharged his paunch with dead bird by way of attesting his gratitude for escaping the many calamities which Heaven had sent upon others, fell asleep at table and dreamed.
New angels are like the militia - never shed the uniform - always fluttering and floundering around in their wings, butting people down, flapping here, and there, and everywhere, always imagining they are attracting the admiring eye - well, they just think they are the very most important people in heaven.
Sweet Faustus, think of heaven and heavenly things.
See how Heaven, by ways strange and hidden from our sight, has brought me face to face with my true husband; and well you know by dear-bought experience that death alone will be able to efface him from my memory.
It is an island covered with forest, in the very middle of the sea, and a goddess lives there, daughter of the magician Atlas, who looks after the bottom of the ocean, and carries the great columns that keep heaven and earth asunder.
I prayed to my Ehlose, to the spirit that watches me--ay, and I even dared to pray to the Umkulunkulu, the great soul of the world, who moves through the heavens and the earth unseen and unheard.