And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down.
It seems to have been hewn bodily out of the cliffs or the great hills.
But when it chances to be hewn from the same rock as it were—oh!
This stone is a rough sandstone of cubical shape, showing no trace whatever of having been hewn.
Next morning the old cardinal was led out and hewn in pieces.
Together they have hewn the cliffs, which are like vast rock tombs with their Egyptian massiveness.
The frame is of hewn timber, generally nine by fourteen inches.
Before the temple of Ramses are four seated colossi, with the arms upon the hips, hewn out of the natural rock.
The furniture consisted of roughly hewn benches and a table.
At the foot of the hill Gandolfo, are the famous outlets of the lake, built with hewn stone, a mile and a half under ground.
Old English heawan "to chop, hack, gash" (class VII strong verb; past tense heow, past participle heawen), earlier geheawan, from Proto-Germanic *hawwan (cf. Old Norse hoggva, Old Frisian hawa, Old Saxon hauwan, Middle Dutch hauwen, Dutch houwen, Old High German houwan, German hauen "to cut, strike, hew"), from PIE root *kau- "to hew, strike" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kovo, Lithuanian kauju "to beat, forge;" Latin cudere "to strike, beat;" Middle Irish cuad "beat, fight").
Weak past participle hewede appeared 14c., but hasn't displaced hewn. Seemingly contradictory sense of "hold fast, stick to" (in phrase hew to) developed from hew to the line "stick to a course," literally "cut evenly with an axe or saw," first recorded 1891. Related: Hewed; hewing.