Anything that happens heavily is weighty, extensive, or labored. A car falling off its jack will crash heavily to the ground, and if you are a new runner, you'll be breathing heavily after the first mile.

Sometimes the adverb heavily simply describes the action of something heavy — like kids' feet pounding heavily up the stairs, or an airplane landing heavily on the runway. There's also the "large amount" or "a lot" meaning, like when rain falls heavily or a director is heavily influenced by the cartoons of her childhood. Breathing heavily, on the other hand, means "with effort."

Definitions of heavily
  1. adverb
    slowly as if burdened by much weight
    synonyms: heavy
  2. adverb
    in a heavy-footed manner
    “he walked heavily up the three flights to his room”
  3. adverb
    with great force
    “she hit her arm heavily against the wall”
  4. adverb
    in a labored manner
    “he breathed heavily
  5. adverb
    in a manner designed for heavy duty
    “a heavily constructed car”
    heavily armed”
  6. adverb
    to a considerable degree
    “he relied heavily on others' data”
    synonyms: to a great extent
  7. adverb
    indulging excessively
    “he drank heavily
    synonyms: hard, intemperately
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    indulging with temperance
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