hew

Definitions

  • A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet, wedge, and saw fragment
    A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet, wedge, and saw fragment
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hew strike with an axe; cut down, strike "hew an oak"
    • v hew make or shape as with an axe "hew out a path in the rock"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

SET HIM TO DRAW WATER, HEW WOOD SET HIM TO DRAW WATER, HEW WOOD

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hew Destruction by cutting down. "Of whom he makes such havoc and such hew ."
    • Hew Hue; color.
    • Hew Shape; form.
    • Hew To cut in pieces; to chop; to hack. "Hew them to pieces; hack their bones asunder."
    • Hew To cut with an ax; to fell with a sharp instrument; -- often with down, or off.
    • Hew To form or shape with a sharp instrument; to cut; hence, to form laboriously; -- often with out; as, to hew out a sepulcher. "Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn .""Rather polishing old works than hewing out new."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hew To cut; especially, to cut with an ax, a hatchet, or a sword with a swinging blow; cut with a heavy blow or with repeated blows: as, to hew down a tree.
    • hew To form or shape by blows with a sharp instrument; cut roughly into form; shape out by cutting: often with out: as, to hew timber; to hew out a sepulcher from a rock.
    • hew To cut; inflict cutting blows.
    • n hew Destruction by cutting down.
    • n hew An obsolete spelling of hue.
    • n hew An obsolete spelling of hue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Hew to cut with any sharp instrument: to cut in pieces: to shape
    • v.i Hew to deal blows with a cutting instrument:—pa.p. hewed, or hewn
    • n Hew (Spens.) hacking
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Quotations

  • Mary Elizabeth Hewitt
    Mary Elizabeth Hewitt
    “Then hail! thou noble conqueror! That, when tyranny oppressed, hewed for our fathers from the wild. A land wherein to rest.”
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “To endeavor to work upon the vulgar with fine sense is like attempting to hew blocks with a razor.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. heáwan,; akin to D. houwen, OHG. houwan, G. hauen, Icel. höggva, Sw. hugga, Dan. hugge, Lith. kova, battle, Russ. kovate, to hammer, forge. Cf. Hay cut grass, Hoe

Usage

In literature:

But Oh, I forsook the fountain of living waters, and hewed out broken cisterns, that could hold no water.
"The Power of Faith" by Isabella Graham
Many of the Iroquois stood their ground, hewing with tomahawks and war-clubs, and dying not unrevenged.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 1 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Nevertheless, Dot's announcement of her desire to go out into the world and hew a way for herself came as no surprise to him.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
The new language was hewing out new paths.
"An Essay Toward a History of Shakespeare in Norway" by Martin Brown Ruud
And round the square worked the shipwrights, as many in number as ants, twining ropes, and hewing timber, and smoothing long yards and oars.
"Myths That Every Child Should Know" by Various
Dalrymple, Sir Hew, i.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
But Merryon went doggedly on, hewing his unswerving way through all.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Without guidance some of them have hewed a path to deserved success.
"Artist and Public" by Kenyon Cox
Through the undergrowth they hacked and hewed and fought and bled and died.
"Private Peat" by Harold R. Peat
All of which goes to prove that a divinity shapes our ends, rough hew them how we may.
"The Husbands of Edith" by George Barr McCutcheon
There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will.
"Familiar Quotations" by Various
Sometimes in a single year Nairne would put as many as twenty brawny young fellows on his land to hew out homes for themselves.
"A Canadian Manor and Its Seigneurs" by George M. Wrong
Of Nimrod Hews I never before heard.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The neatly hewed logs were in their proper places.
"The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)" by Marion Harland
Then Odysseus started to hew down the timber.
"The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tales of Troy" by Padriac Colum
Hew Campbell Scott, 226.
"Life of Adam Smith" by John Rae
They hewed a flat surface on opposite sides of the log which Samson had carried and peeled it and raised its lower end on a cross timber.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
Upon your favours, swims with fins of lead, And hews down oaks with rushes.
"The Rivals of Acadia" by Harriet Vaughan Cheney
Trust not your feet; the sword, the sword must hew A pathway through the foemen.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
And once I was a wealthy merchant, and dwelt in a great city; but now I hew wood and draw water for him, the torment of all mortal men.
"The Ontario Readers" by Ontario Ministry of Education
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In poetry:

See you the ferny ride that steals
Into the oak-woods far?
O that was whence they hewed the keels
That rolled to Trafalgar.
"Puck's Song" by Rudyard Kipling
Her haires, like serpents, clung aboute
Her cheekes of deadlye hewe:
A worse-form'd ladye than she was,
No man mote ever viewe.
"The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" by Anonymous British
Ther was slayne, with the dougheti Duglas,
Ser Hewe the Monggombyrry,
Ser Davvy Lwdale, that worthe was,
His sistars son was he.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
He hews with his axe at the mast,
Till it falls, with the sails overcast,
Like a snow-covered pine in the vast
Dim forests of Orkadale.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XXI. -- King Olaf's Deat" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But nobody listens, or heeds them
The swineherd hews a new trail,
The swineherd's wife in the cottage
Pours the sour milk from the pail.
"Adventure" by Laura Benet
Shall I pick and choose for His praise?
Shall I thank Him for good, not ill?
He is the Ancient of Days,
And He hews the rocks as He will.
"A Te Deum" by Alfred Austin

In news:

The Syrian National Council announced that it has established links with the armed opposition faction, the Free Syrian Army, after months of hewing to nonviolence .
No one who doesn't hew to the rigid 16th century orthodoxy of the Taliban will truly be safe until the Pakistani people collectively decide that this murderous conduct is unacceptable and then act on that outrage .
People often use "pop-cultural landscape" to describe the terrain of commercial symbols and signs forming the mantle of modern American life, but few artists have hewed to this notion as literally as Allan D'Arcanangelo.
There are basically two kinds of retro bands — ones that hew closely to the old school, and ones that occasionally flip the script.
In the business for 40 years, Jim Hewes knows a thing or two about hangovers and bad pickup lines.
A couple of blockbusters hew their way onto video in September, the girl-power retake of "Snow White & the Huntsmen" and Joss Whedon's all-star superhero rally "The Avengers.
Jim Hewes serves a Mint Julep at the Round Robin at the Willardn InterContinental in Washington, DC.
As a progressive, Obama hews to the Wilsonian tradition.
Two new Italian joints hew to a familiar contemporary formula.
Questions surrounding any public crisis hew closely to the schedule of the crisis itself.
Hewes was honored in February with the Lifetime Recognition and Achievement Award.
Bob Hewes, right, accepts the NMMA Lifetime Award in 2010, with long-time friends and fellow innovators Capt.
Glenn Close as Patty Hewes.
It's really no big surprise that this week's Oscar nominations hew so closely to the already announced Screen Actors Guild Awards, given out live on TNT and TBS at 8 pm this Sunday.
796 West Evan Hewes Highway El Centro, CA 92243 USA.
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In science:

Beausoleil Hew lett-Packard Laboratories, 1501 Page Mil l Rd.
Secure self-calibrating quantum random bit generator
W− such that π t (W− ) < π t (α) and πb (β ) ≥ πb (W− ), which is equivalent to heW− , wβ ,α (π)i = −1.
Khinchin theorem for interval exchange transformations
The first, which hews to the product structure of Zd , is to write ξ~n = Qd i=1 ξi,ni , where {ξi,n : 1 ≤ i ≤ d; n ∈ N} are independent random variables.
Multivariable averaging on sparse sets
The phase modulation imposed by EOM 1 is shown in figure 3, as measured using a spectrum analyzer (Hew lettPackard 3589 A).
Noiseless phase quadrature amplification via electro-optic feed-forward
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