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hew

[hyoo or, often, yoo] /hyu or, often, yu/
verb (used with object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hewing.
1.
to strike forcibly with an ax, sword, or other cutting instrument; chop; hack.
2.
to make, shape, smooth, etc., with cutting blows:
to hew a passage through the crowd; to hew a statue from marble.
3.
to sever (a part) from a whole by means of cutting blows (usually followed by away, off, out, from, etc.):
to hew branches from the tree.
4.
to cut down; fell:
to hew wood; trees hewed down by the storm.
verb (used without object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hewing.
5.
to strike with cutting blows; cut:
He hewed more vigorously each time.
6.
to uphold, follow closely, or conform (usually followed by to):
to hew to the tenets of one's political party.
Origin of hew
900
before 900; Middle English hewen, Old English hēawan; cognate with German hauen, Old Norse hǫggva; akin to haggle
Related forms
hewable, adjective
hewer, noun
unhewable, adjective
unhewed, adjective
Can be confused
hew, hue, Hugh.
Synonyms
1. See cut. 2. form.
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Examples from the Web for hews
Historical Examples
  • Who is it hews his foe to mammocks; writes “Acquittal” on his tomb—and dies?

  • She swims to a stake, to which she clings, and John hews her in three, QQ.

  • The ambitious carpenter first hews out a distorted caricature of a man, which he passes over to the painters to be embellished.

    The History and Records of the Elephant Club Knight Russ Ockside and Q. K. Philander Doesticks
  • It was at least something to have discovered that Will hews was an Elizabethan name.

  • He hacks and hews at Southey through several furious Essays, and ends with a groan.

    Hours in a Library Leslie Stephen
  • Some he hews out at the base and flings behind him on the field.

  • Hrapp hews at Grim there and then with his axe; Helgi sees this and cuts at Hrapp's arm, and cut it off, and down fell the axe.

  • The ordinary collier is paid by piecework—so much per ton for all the coal he hews.

    A Safety Match Ian Hay
  • This they did, and presently came to the hero with the hews that the man lived and desired to speak with his deliverer.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • Every branch he hews from a tree on our soil is a limb lopped from Hoithlees body.

British Dictionary definitions for hews

hew

/hjuː/
verb hews, hewing, hewed, hewed, hewn (hjuːn)
1.
to strike (something, esp wood) with cutting blows, as with an axe
2.
(transitive) often foll by out. to shape or carve from a substance
3.
(transitive; often foll by away, down, from, off, etc) to sever from a larger or another portion
4.
(US & Canadian) (intransitive) often foll by to. to conform (to a code, principle, etc)
Derived Forms
hewer, noun
Word Origin
Old English hēawan; related to Old Norse heggva, Old Saxon hāwa, Old High German houwan, Latin cūdere to beat

HEW

abbreviation (in the US)
1.
Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
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Word Origin and History for hews

hew

v.

Old English heawan "to chop, hack, gash" (class VII strong verb; past tense heow, past participle heawen), earlier geheawan, from Proto-Germanic *hawwan (cf. Old Norse hoggva, Old Frisian hawa, Old Saxon hauwan, Middle Dutch hauwen, Dutch houwen, Old High German houwan, German hauen "to cut, strike, hew"), from PIE root *kau- "to hew, strike" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kovo, Lithuanian kauju "to beat, forge;" Latin cudere "to strike, beat;" Middle Irish cuad "beat, fight").

Weak past participle hewede appeared 14c., but hasn't displaced hewn. Seemingly contradictory sense of "hold fast, stick to" (in phrase hew to) developed from hew to the line "stick to a course," literally "cut evenly with an axe or saw," first recorded 1891. Related: Hewed; hewing.

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Related Abbreviations for hews

HEW

Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
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