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Meaning of HEW

Pronunciation:  hyoo

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  strike with an axe; cut down, strike; "hew an oak"
  2. [v]  make or shape as with an axe; "hew out a path in the rock"

HEW is a 3 letter word that starts with H.


 See Also: carve, hew, hew out, roughcast, rough-hew, snag, strike



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hew\, v. t. [imp. {Hewed}; p. p. {Hewed} or {Hewn}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Hewing}.] [AS. he['a]wan; akin to D. houwen, OHG.
    houwan, G. hauen, Icel. h["o]ggva, Sw. hugga, Dan. hugge,
    Lith. kova battle, Russ. kovate to hammer, forge. Cf. {Hay}
    cut grass, {Hoe}.]
    1. To cut with an ax; to fell with a sharp instrument; --
       often with down, or off. --Shak.
    2. To form or shape with a sharp instrument; to cut; hence,
       to form laboriously; -- often with out; as, to hew out a
             Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn. --Is. li. 1.
             Rather polishing old works than hewing out new.
    3. To cut in pieces; to chop; to hack.
             Hew them to pieces; hack their bones asunder.
  2. \Hew\, n.
    Destruction by cutting down. [Obs.]
          Of whom he makes such havoc and such hew. --Spenser.
  3. \Hew\, n.
    1. Hue; color. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    2. Shape; form. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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