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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for un hewable

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 un hewable
hew
O.E. heawan "to chop, hack, gash" (class VII strong verb; past tense heow, pp. heawen), earlier geheawan, from P.Gmc. *khawwanan (cf. O.N. hoggva, Du. houwen, Ger. hauen "to cut, strike, hew"), from PIE base *qau- "to strike, beat" (cf. O.C.S. kovo, Lith. kauju "to beat, forge;" L. cudere "to strike, beat;" M.Ir. cuad "beat, fight"). Weak pp. hewede appeared 14c. Seemingly contradictory sense of "hold fast, stick to" (in phrase hew to) developed from hew to the line "stick to a course," lit. "cut evenly with an axe or saw," first recorded 1891.
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Related Abbreviations for un hewable

HEW

Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
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