heaven

heaven [hev′ən]
n.
[ME heven < OE heofon < IE base * k̑em-, to cover (> LL camisia, shirt): akin to OHG himil and to OS hevan, ON, himinn (dat. hifne), with -fn, -v-n < -mn by dissimilation]
1. [usually pl.] the space surrounding or seeming to overarch the earth, in which the sun, moon, and stars appear; visible sky; firmament: in pl., used with the
2. [often H-] Theol.
a) a state or place of complete happiness or perfect rest, attained by the good after death; specif. esp., in Christian theology, the state or place of perfect union with God and so of eternal life and supreme happiness, attained by the elect after death
b) popularly the abode of God, his angels, and the blessed
c) those in heaven
d) the powers of heaven; also, God [Heaven help you!]
3.
a) any place of great beauty and pleasure
b) a state of great happiness: Often used in interjectional phrases of surprise, protest, etc. [ for heaven's sake! good heavens!]
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move heaven and earth
to do all that can be done; exert the utmost effort, influence, etc.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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