unhewable

hew

[hyoo or, often, yoo]
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:
before 900; Middle English hewen, Old English hēawan; cognate with German hauen, Old Norse hǫggva; akin to haggle

hewable, adjective
hewer, noun
unhewable, adjective
unhewed, adjective

hew, hue, Hugh.


1. See cut. 2. form.
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hew (hjuː)
 
vb (often foll by out) (often foll by to) , hews, hewing, hewed, hewed, hewn
1.  to strike (something, esp wood) with cutting blows, as with an axe
2.  to shape or carve from a substance
3.  (tr; often foll by away, down, from, off, etc) to sever from a larger or another portion
4.  (US), (Canadian) to conform (to a code, principle, etc)
 
[Old English hēawan; related to Old Norse heggva, Old Saxon hāwa, Old High German houwan, Latin cūdere to beat]
 
'hewer
 
n

HEW
 
abbreviation for
Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

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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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HEW
Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
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