Hew Hew (h[=u]), v. t. [imp. {Hewed} (h[=u]d); p. p. {Hewed} or {Hewn} (h[=u]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hewing}.] [AS. he['a]wan; akin to D. houwen, OHG. houwan, G. hauen, Icel. h["o]ggva, Sw. hugga, Dan. hugge, Lith. kova battle, Russ. kovate to hammer, forge. Cf. {Hay} cut grass, {Hoe}.] 1. To cut with an ax; to fell with a sharp instrument; -- often with down, or off. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To form or shape with a sharp instrument; to cut; hence, to form laboriously; -- often with out; as, to hew out a sepulcher. [1913 Webster]

Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn. --Is. li. 1. [1913 Webster]

Rather polishing old works than hewing out new. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. To cut in pieces; to chop; to hack. [1913 Webster]

Hew them to pieces; hack their bones asunder. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hewn — /hyoohn/ or, often, /yoohn/, adj. 1. felled and roughly shaped by hewing: hewn logs. 2. given a rough surface: hewn stone. [1300 50; ME hewen, ptp. of HEW] * * * …   Universalium

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  • hewn — hjuːn adj. cut down, cut off; roughly shaped, formed by hewing (as with an ax); carved out hjuː v. cut off, cut down (as with an ax); shape by chopping; carve out; strike, cut …   English contemporary dictionary

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