haw

Definitions

  • Dotted Haw
    Dotted Haw
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v haw utter `haw' "he hemmed and hawed"
    • n haw the nictitating membrane of a horse
    • n haw a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As of 1996, Hee Haw holds the record for the longest running weekly first-run syndicated show in the history of television. It spanned over 4 decades, from the late '60s to the early '90s, airing every Saturday night at 7:00.
    • Haw A hedge; an inclosed garden or yard. "And eke there was a polecat in his haw ."
    • n Haw An intermission or hesitation of speech, with a sound somewhat like haw! also, the sound so made. "Hums or haws ."
    • Haw The fruit of the hawthorn.
    • n Haw (Anat) The third eyelid, or nictitating membrane. See Nictitating membrane, under Nictitate.
    • v. t Haw To cause to turn, as a team, to the near side, or toward the driver; as, to haw a team of oxen.
    • v. i Haw To stop, in speaking, with a sound like haw; to speak with interruption and hesitation. "Cut it short; don't prose -- don't hum and haw ."
    • v. i Haw To turn to the near side, or toward the driver; -- said of cattle or a team: a word used by teamsters in guiding their teams, and most frequently in the imperative. See Gee.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n haw An inclosed piece of land; a hedged inclosure; a small field; a yard.
    • n haw Specifically A churchyard.
    • n haw A green plot in a valley.
    • n haw The fruit of the hawthorn, Cratægus Oxyacantha.
    • n haw The fruit of any of the species of Cratægus.
    • n haw The plant which bears such fruit: usually with some qualifying word denoting, for the most part, the character of the fruit. Thus, in America, the apple-haw is Cratægus æstivalis; the hog's-haw, C. brachyacantha; the parsley-haw, C. apiifolia; the pear-haw, C. tomentosa; the red or scarlet haw, C. coccinea; the summer haw or yellow haw, C. flava, etc.
    • n haw The Viburnum prunifolium, the black haw of the United States. See Viburnum.
    • n haw Any berry.
    • n haw Proverbially, a thing of no value.
    • n haw An excrescence in the eye; specifically, in farriery, a diseased or disordered condition of the third eyelid of a horse: generally in the plural, haws.
    • n haw The third eyelid, nictitating membrane, or winker of a horse.
    • haw To look: used especially in the imperative, haw! or look haw! to call attention.
    • haw An exclamation used by a driver to his horses or oxen, to command them to turn to the left. See haw, verb
    • haw To turn to the left: the opposite of gee: said of horses and cattle.
    • haw To turn or cause to come to the near side: as, to haw oxen.
    • haw Blue; azure.
    • haw An unmeaning syllable marking the pauses of hesitating speech. It takes various vocal forms, variously indicated in writing. See the etymology.
    • n haw An intermission or hesitation of speech marked by the unmeaning syllable haw.
    • haw To speak with hesitation and the interruption of drawling and unmeaning sounds: as, to hum and haw.
    • n haw Cratægus tomentosa, the pear-haw, and sometimes C. Douglasii, the Western haw.
    • n haw Same as May-haw.
    • n haw The inner eyelid or nictitating membrane of dogs: usually concealed, but noticeable in the bloodhound.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Haw haw a hedge or enclosure: a field: the berry of the hawthorn
    • v.i Haw haw to speak with hesitation or a drawling manner, real or affected—hence adj. Haw-haw, in an affected tone of voice
    • n Haw a hesitation in speech: loud vulgar laughter
    • v.i Haw to guffaw, to laugh boisterously
    • n Haw haw the nictitating membrane or third eyelid, as of a horse; also a disease of this membrane.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hawe, AS. haga,; akin to D. haag, headge, G. hag, hecke, Icel. hagi, pasture, Sw. hage, Dan. have, garden. √12. Cf. Haggard Ha-ha Haugh Hedge

Usage

In literature:

Enter Mr Howe at last, Earl Grey and Mr Hawes looking very grim and self-complacent.
"The Tribune of Nova Scotia" by W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
I forgot my own tragedy and haw-hawed three times.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
When there aren't any gooseberries about, he has to be content with the hips and haws from the rose-trees.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
He didn't actually refuse, but he hemmed and hawed around for five months before he really started the State's machinery to moving.
"Hail to the Chief" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The little clerk began to hem and to haw, behind his hand.
"Five Little Peppers at School" by Margaret Sidney
Gather haws before the snaws.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Hawes, these women folks don't want a man to have no fun at all.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
He fussed about, hummed and hawed a lot.
"Uncanny Tales" by Various
An' no occasion to hem an' haw about it, either.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
I hemmed and hawed and bowed to her back with a growing confusion.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
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In poetry:

I know her not by plumping nuts,
By redded hips and haws,
Or by the silence hanging sad
Under the wind's sere pause.
"Autumn" by Cale Young Rice
'I saw nae your nee thing, I saw nae your ain thing,
Nor saw I your true love down by yon lea;
But I met my bonny thing late in the gloaming,
Down by the burnie whar flow'rs the haw tree.
"The Wee Thing : Or, Mary Of Castle-Cary. A Ballad" by Hector MacNeill
With that a great, big 'ulking chap,
Comes at me with a sword
(The thing I need in that scrap
Was just one little word).
"Haw! You - you person," I begun;
But while I talks, he gets in one.
"The Invalid" by C J Dennis
When the zun, in the Fall, wer a-wanderèn wan,
An' haws on his head
Did sprinkle en red,
Or bright drops o' raïn wer a-hung loosely on,
To the tips o' the sprigs when the scud wer a-gone.
"The May-Tree" by William Barnes
Henri Dupont was a fearless young ace;
Five thousand feet up he was hit;
Each year on his grave pretty flowers we place—
And his widow is now Mrs. Schmitt,
Haw! Haw!
His widow is now Mrs. Schmitt!
"Song For Heroes" by Ellis Parker Butler
But Peter McGuck was a cowardly sneak,
Like a hound he remained home in fear;
When fishing one day he fell into the creek—
And his widow is now Mrs. Greer,
Haw! Haw! Haw!
Mrs. William O’Houlihan Greer!
"Song For Heroes" by Ellis Parker Butler

In news:

BYU basketball names Brandon Davies, Brock Zylstra, Tyler Haws team captains.
The move to release Brand will be necessitated by the expected signing of free-agent guard Nick Young and the planned re-signing of center Spencer Hawes.
Pasadena attorney Dan Stormer, left, speaks about a NASA employee information security breach with JPL workers Josette Bellan and Rob Haw at a press conference in his Pasadena office.
In the race for Superior Court judge, Democrat Jim Clark had received 9,115 votes, or 49.58 percent, while Republican David Haws had received 9,106 votes or 49.80 percent.
BYU's Tyler Haws finds way to contribute .
Lee County manager Hawes will depart , but not today.
In an 11th-hour meeting with Commissioner Frank Mann, Hawes said she needs one more week to plan an "exit strategy" with her attorney and family members, Mann said.
Hawes' double-double lifts 76ers past Denver 84-75.
Hawes spencer The reservoir has been partially drained in anticipation of impending construction.
After much hemming and hawing and tasting and tasting again, Hollywood Farmer's Kitchen chef Ernest Miller and I finally decided on our recipe winner: Farmers' Market Eggplant Crostini, created by Sheila Murray of Chico.
Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8), center, and Philadelphia 76ers Spencer Hawes (00), right, vie for control of the ball during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game at the TD Garden, in Boston, Sunday, Oct 21, 2012.
Enlarge Associated Press sports staff Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes (00) blocks a shot from Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012, in Philadelphia.
Another arrived in the turbulent 1960s, when The Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres and Hee Haw were in their prime.
Spencer Hawes reacts after hitting a three in the first half.
They did not endorse a call by commissioner Brian Bigelow to launch a formal investigation of county manager Karen Hawes, or to restart the Medstar program immediately.
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In science:

This has been very succinctly phrased in a recent review (Haw 2007) as follows: ”These engines have one foot in the equilibrium camp and another in the world of fluctuations and non-equilibrium”.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
By the numerical results presented in the last section, we expect that the mean absolute value of the writhe of an oriented equilateral random walk X of n steps will have a power-law dependence on the length of the walk: hAW Ri ≈ O(√n).
The linking number and the writhe of uniform random walks and polygons in confined spaces
Later on, Hawkes gave a counterexample showing that the same statement does not hold for supersolvability (cf. [Haw]).
Quasisimple classical groups and their complex group algebras
Hawe. A quantitative measure of fairness and discrimination for resource allocation in shared computer systems.
Jellyfish: Networking Data Centers Randomly
Since haZ Z or haW W couplings are nonexistent, the mass of ha is unconstrained, i.e. ma can be lower than 114 GeV or larger than 200 GeV.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
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