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hew

play
verb \ˈhyü\

Simple Definition of hew

  • : to shape (something) by cutting with a sharp tool (such as an ax)

Full Definition of hew

hewedhewed or hewn play \ˈhyün\ hew·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cut with blows of a heavy cutting instrument

  3. 2 :  to fell by blows of an ax <hew a tree>

  4. 3 :  to give form or shape to with or as if with heavy cutting blows <hewed their farms from the wilderness — J. T. Shotwell>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to make cutting blows

  7. 2 :  conform, adhere <hew to tradition> —often used in the phrase hew to the line <no pressure … on newspapers to hew to the official line — New York Times Magazine>

hew·er noun

Examples of hew

  1. They hewed logs to build a cabin.

  2. The walls are built of stones hewn by skilled craftsmen.



Origin of hew

Middle English, from Old English hēawan; akin to Old High German houwan to hew, Lithuanian kauti to forge, Latin cudere to beat


First Known Use: before 12th century


HEW

abbreviation

Definition of HEW

  1. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare





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