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sewn

[sohn] /soʊn/
verb
1.
a past participle of sew1 .
Related forms
well-sewn, adjective
Can be confused
sewn, sown.

sew1

[soh] /soʊ/
verb (used with object), sewed, sewn or sewed, sewing.
1.
to join or attach by stitches.
2.
to make, repair, etc., (a garment) by such means.
3.
to enclose or secure with stitches:
to sew flour in a bag.
4.
to close (a hole, wound, etc.) by means of stitches (usually followed by up).
verb (used without object), sewed, sewn or sewed, sewing.
5.
to work with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine.
Verb phrases
6.
sew up,
  1. Informal. to get or have a monopoly of; control exclusively.
  2. Informal. to complete or conclude (arrangements, negotiations, etc.) successfully:
    They were about to sew up the deal when the argument started.
  3. to gain or be assured of:
    He tried to sew up as many votes as possible before the convention.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English sewen, Old English siw(i)an; cognate with Old High German siuwan, Gothic siujan, Latin suere (see suture); akin to seam
Related forms
sewable, adjective, noun

sew2

[soo] /su/
verb (used with object), sewed, sewing.
1.
to ground (a vessel) at low tide (sometimes fol by up).
verb (used without object), sewed, sewing.
2.
(of a vessel) to be grounded at low tide.
noun
3.
the amount of additional water necessary to float a grounded vessel.
Origin
1505-15; < Middle French sewer, aphetic variant of essewer < Vulgar Latin *exaquāre, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + aqu(a) water + -āre infinitive suffix
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Examples from the web for sewn
  • The floor is littered ankle-deep with half-sewn garments.
  • It can then be moulded or dried flat and cut and sewn into a garment.
  • Perhaps a sewn-together chimera from someone's imagination.
  • Imagine all sorts of meats and vegetables sewn into a pig's stomach and boiled-unless you'd rather not.
  • It is pasted to a portfolio page which appears to have been sewn in, judging by the holes on the edge.
  • There are no stands selling carved or sewn crafts because there are no tourists to buy them.
  • He came out the same way, with rolls of film sewn into his clothing.
  • It was rigged with a leather conveyor belt that kept the fabric moving as it was being sewn.
  • The tendons sewn together and the small bones healed, that your hand might close on a pencil again or hold a cup.
  • The ribs and planks creaked, but nothing gave, not even the old hand-sewn sails.
British Dictionary definitions for sewn

sewn

/səʊn/
verb
1.
a past participle of sew

sew

/səʊ/
verb sews, sewing, sewed, sewn, sewed
1.
to join or decorate (pieces of fabric, etc) by means of a thread repeatedly passed through with a needle or similar implement
2.
(transitive; often foll by on or up) to attach, fasten, or close by sewing
3.
(transitive) to make (a garment, etc) by sewing
See also sew up
Word Origin
Old English sēowan; related to Old Norse sӯja, Gothic siujan, Old High German siuwen, Latin suere to sew, Sanskrit sīvjati he sews
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Word Origin and History for sewn

sew

v.

Old English siwian "to stitch, sew, mend, patch, knit together," earlier siowian, from Proto-Germanic *siwjanan (cf. Old Norse syja, Swedish sy, Danish sye, Old Frisian sia, Old High German siuwan, Gothic siujan "to sew"), from PIE root *syu- "to bind, sew" (cf. Sanskrit sivyati "sews," sutram "thread, string;" Greek hymen "thin skin, membrane," hymnos "song;" Latin suere "to sew, sew together;" Old Church Slavonic šijo "to sew," šivu "seam;" Lettish siuviu, siuti "to sew," siuvikis "tailor;" Russian švec "tailor"). Related: Sewed; sewing. To sew (something) up "bring it to a conclusion" is a figurative use attested by 1904.

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