• WordNet 3.6
    • adj hewn cut or shaped with hard blows of a heavy cutting instrument like an ax or chisel "a house built of hewn logs","rough-hewn stone","a path hewn through the underbrush"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hewn Felled, cut, or shaped as with an ax; roughly squared; as, a house built of hewn logs.
    • Hewn Roughly dressed as with a hammer; as, hewn stone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hewn A past participle of hew.
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  • Heywood Broun
    “Hell is paved with great granite blocks hewn from the hearts of those who said, I can do no other.”


Rough-hewn - If something, especially something made from wood or stone, is rough-hewn, it is unfinished or unpolished.


In literature:

Not far from his house is an astonishing modern "tumulus," or mound of hewn and squared stones.
"Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (2 of 2) (1888)" by William Henry Hurlbert
The jail was a square pen about thirty feet high, built of hewn logs, without any opening except in the roof.
"Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1885" by Various
At the bottom of this mount stood a stone, which must have been hewn out of coral rock.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr
A rough-hewn tree trunk became an image of the spirit or god of trees.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch
It consists of an arched gallery hewn in the rock, two thousand feet long and twenty feet in height and breadth.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
They now entered a vaulted passage of hewn stone, low and narrow, and with no visible termination.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 341, March, 1844, Vol. 55" by Various
His face is rough-hewn, almost grotesque like a gargoyle.
"A Student in Arms" by Donald Hankey
A human figure is only partially hewn out of the stone.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
The stone had been hewn away by main force when the dislocation of strata ceased to be helpful.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
Nature had hewn him in the rough and had left him with every axe mark showing.
"A Gentleman Vagabond and Some Others" by F. Hopkinson Smith
It is built of hewn stones and bricks.
"The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela" by Benjamin of Tudela
Trees were hewn down and the work begun.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. July, 1863, No. LXIX." by Various
There is a very roughly hewn font in the little chapel of Ease, in the village of Levisham.
"The Evolution Of An English Town" by Gordon Home
The walls were of wood, often ill-hewn, but several pieces of beautifully-woven tapestry hung upon them.
"The Free Rangers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
See how I have hewn the wood and drawn the water!
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
He led the way on a beaten path that dropped sharply to a bridge of hewn logs crossing the spent water.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
The mask had been rough-hewn, to begin with; time and exposure had further defaced it.
"Cecilia de Noël" by Lanoe Falconer
Rude houses of hewn logs appeared in the openings, each one casting a patch of inky blackness upon the snow.
"The First Christmas Tree" by Henry Van Dyke
Above these was a third course of hewn stones, somewhat smaller than the others, which were laid in the ordinary manner.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 2. (of 7): Assyria" by George Rawlinson
These are built in a solid way, of hewn stone, and consist either of one or two chambers.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 6. (of 7): Parthia" by George Rawlinson

In poetry:

He wander'd homeward, and in musing mood
Stay'd his slow steps beside a marble block,
Hewn from some far unstain'd Italian rock,
That for his shaping chisel waiting stood.
"The Sculptor" by Walter Richard Cassels
To be as this old elm full loth were I,
That shakes in the autumn storm its palsied head.
Hewn by the weird last woodman let me lie
Ere the path rustle with my foliage shed.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
A thing so hidden and so fair,
So pure that it would seem
Hewn out of nothing earthlier
Than a young poet's dream,
Of nothing sadder than the lights
That through the ivies gleam.
"The Poet And The Poem" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
He pass'd, in the heart of that ancient wood,
The dark shrine stain'd with the victim's blood:
Nor paus'd, till the rock where a vaulted bed
Had been hewn of old for the kingly dead,
Arose on his midnight way.
"The Sword Of The Tomb : A Northern Legend" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
O when the desert blossomed like a mystic silver rose,
And the moon shone on the palace, deep guarded to the gate,
And softly touched the lowly homes fast barred against their foes,
And lit the faces hewn of stone, that seemed to watch and wait--
"In Egypt" by Virna Sheard
O WHEN the desert blossomed like a mystic silver rose,
And the moon shone on the palace, deep guarded to the gate,
And softly touched the lowly homes fast barred against their foes,
And lit the faces hewn of stone, that seemed to watch and wait–
"From 'In Egypt'" by Virna Sheard

In news:

It's odd to think that a native of Canada created one of the most quintessentially American programs ever to air on television, one that celebrated the rough-hewn, folksy humor of the rural South and the musical genre that its people loved.
A rail fragment, believed to have been hewn by Abraham Lincoln is an early example of "political theater".
Rough- hewn : 'Fragments' exhibit at Carnegie showcases deconstruction, destruction of art.
Mumbai's Rough- Hewn Legacy April 4, 2007.
New telling of a geologic saga: A review of Rough- Hewn Land.
" Huckleberry Finn ," first published in 1885, chronicles the journey of a rough-hewn, 13-year-old white boy and a runaway slave down the Mississippi River on a raft through the antebellum South.
With its rough-hewn log construction, Ziegler's home looks plucked out of a pioneer wilderness — which, in a sense, it was.
Mumbai's Rough-Hewn Legacy April 4, 2007.
We've talked about lardo before, I think, the traditional cold cut from the ancient Colonnata quarries innorthern Tuscany: slabs of pure, white hog lard cured for months in special coffin-shaped basins hewn from marble.
Such a desk may not seem noteworthy, as it is rough-hewn and made from mismatched scraps of old furniture, with some pieces painted and others written upon.
Check out this Portland duo's rough-hewn melodic indie pop in this live set of originals from "The Heat Can Melt Your Brain".
Brigham Young was a rough-hewn craftsman from New York who's impoverished and obscure life was electrified by the Mormon faith.
Only lately have chic, big-city refugeesbegun to outnumber the Hell's Angels on motorcycles in this rough-hewn corner of Sonoma wine country.
The manager did, in fact, stick a small bowl hewn from an apple and packed with shisha atop your water pipe.
For the girl who never seems to have enough room in her purse , a generously proportioned, handsomely hewn shoulder bag, $62, may be just the thing.