verb (used with object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hew·ing.
verb (used without object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hew·ing.
Origin of hew
Examples from the Web for hewing
Hewing to principle is difficult, because it makes party whips angry, spoils dinner parties, and ends careers and friendships.
They began to dig, but they struck on an excessively hard rock, which rendered useless all their hammering and hewing.Sketches of Central Asia (1868)|Arminius Vmbry
New "skids" are nicely peeled by hewing off the bark smoothly, and plentifully as well as calculatingly laid along the road.Harper's New Monthly Magazine|Various
His shield upraised he higher / and hewing through the throng he went.
Mr. Stewart was at the work which had occupied him for some weeks previously--hewing out logs on the side hill.In the Valley|Harold Frederic
The while coursed Wolfhart / thither and back again, Through Gunther's men before him / hewing wide a lane.
British Dictionary definitions for hewing (1 of 2)
verb hews, hewing, hewed, hewed or hewn (hjuːn)
Word Origin for hew
British Dictionary definitions for hewing (2 of 2)
abbreviation for (in the US)
Word Origin and History for hewing
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.