heaven

[ hev-uh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF heaven

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HEAVEN

The earth was like a slumbering babe, smiling in its sleep, because it dreams of Heaven.

May Heaven bless you, and permit us to meet again in another world, if not in this!

The face of the maid that served him had been no heaven for the souls of dead flowers.

Must all novels end with an earthly marriage, and nothing be left for heaven?

But how wonderful and quick my touch has got, and how kind is heaven there, sir!

Heaven forbid that their conduct, in one particular, should savour of injustice.

It will need the air of heaven to revive its pristine energies.

"For heaven's sake, child, make up your mind quickly," said Katherine.

With such deep yearning in his soul, he was unfit for heaven.

The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heaven of hell: a hell of heaven!

WORD ORIGIN

Old English heofon "home of God," earlier "sky, firmament," probably from Proto-Germanic *hibin-, dissimilated from *himin- (cf. Low German heben, Old Norse himinn, Gothic himins, Old Frisian himul, Dutch hemel, German Himmel "heaven, sky"), perhaps from PIE root *kem-/*kam- "to cover" (cf. chemise). [Watkins derives it elaborately from PIE *ak- "sharp" via *akman- "stone, sharp stone," then "stony vault of heaven"].

Plural use in sense of "sky" is probably from Ptolemaic theory of space composed of many spheres, but it also formerly was used in the same sense as the singular in Biblical language, as a translation of Hebrew plural shamayim. Heaven-sent (adj.) attested from 1640s.

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