- to join or attach by stitches.
- to make, repair, etc., (a garment) by such means.
- to enclose or secure with stitches: to sew flour in a bag.
- to close (a hole, wound, etc.) by means of stitches (usually followed by up).
- to work with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine.
- sew up,
- Informal.to get or have a monopoly of; control exclusively.
- Informal.to complete or conclude (arrangements, negotiations, etc.) successfully: They were about to sew up the deal when the argument started.
- to gain or be assured of: He tried to sew up as many votes as possible before the convention.
Origin of sew1
- to ground (a vessel) at low tide (sometimes fol by up).
- (of a vessel) to be grounded at low tide.
- the amount of additional water necessary to float a grounded vessel.
Origin of sew2
Examples from the Web for sew
You could sew lead piping into that and it wouldn't show up.Kate. Sweetie. Get Some Hem Weights.
October 22, 2014
I sew, glue, glitter, cut, and tie numerous things onto my products to make the final creation.Etsy Changed Its Policy. So What?
November 8, 2013
The enemy is also improving its ability to infiltrate and sew dissent among the Afghan security forces' ranks.The US Army And Afghanistan’s Bad Divorce
September 20, 2012
It also takes years of training to be able to sew, embroider, bead, and otherwise embellish these clothes.Chanel, Armani, and Givenchy Present Their Haute-Couture Collections in Paris
July 4, 2012
Except for the thread he used to sew the remnants together, everything was recycled.The Dazzling Mrs. Colin Firth
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 5, 2011
Here I must bide, and talk and sew and spin, and spin and sew and talk.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Stuff the body of the hare with this force-meat, and sew it up.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
They could cook, sew, imitate birds, and read things in the stars.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
However, Christine had not put out any work, she felt too much moved to sew.His Masterpiece
Scald and flour a cloth, and sew, or tie, the pudding firmly in it.The Skilful Cook
- to join or decorate (pieces of fabric, etc) by means of a thread repeatedly passed through with a needle or similar implement
- (tr; often foll by on or up) to attach, fasten, or close by sewing
- (tr) to make (a garment, etc) by sewing
Word Origin and History for sew
Old English siwian "to stitch, sew, mend, patch, knit together," earlier siowian, from Proto-Germanic *siwjanan (cf. Old Norse syja, Swedish sy, Danish sye, Old Frisian sia, Old High German siuwan, Gothic siujan "to sew"), from PIE root *syu- "to bind, sew" (cf. Sanskrit sivyati "sews," sutram "thread, string;" Greek hymen "thin skin, membrane," hymnos "song;" Latin suere "to sew, sew together;" Old Church Slavonic šijo "to sew," šivu "seam;" Lettish siuviu, siuti "to sew," siuvikis "tailor;" Russian švec "tailor"). Related: Sewed; sewing. To sew (something) up "bring it to a conclusion" is a figurative use attested by 1904.