to strike forcibly with an ax, sword, or other cutting instrument; chop; hack.
to make, shape, smooth, etc., with cutting blows: to hew a passage through the crowd; to hew a statue from marble.
to sever (a part) from a whole by means of cutting blows (usually followed by away, off, out, from, etc.): to hew branches from the tree.
to cut down; fell: to hew wood; trees hewed down by the storm.
to strike with cutting blows; cut: He hewed more vigorously each time.
to uphold, follow closely, or conform (usually followed by to): to hew to the tenets of one's political party.
- hew·a·ble, adjective
- hewer, noun
- un·hew·a·ble, adjective
- un·hewed, adjective
- hew , hue
Other definitions for HEW (2 of 2)
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How to use hew in a sentence
In some ways, The Hypnotist hews closer to the American gumshoe tradition.
The plot hews close to Poltergeist, the Tobe Hooper-directed, Steven Spielberg-produced haunted house classic from 1982.
For all its extravagances, the jewelry business hews to a simple bottom line: Rolexes and diamonds.
We cut and sawed them with the same composed indifference with which the sculptor hews the marble.Wild Western Scenes | John Beauchamp Jones
Thrain hews at Kol, and the stroke came on his leg so that it cut it off.The story of Burnt Njal | Anonymous
All of the monster that falls beneath Medusa's eyes is stone already; and all of him that yet lives the scimetar hews to pieces.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4 | Lucian of Samosata
He builds the forest and hews it down, the power which raised the tree and that which wields the axe being one and the same.The Eagle's Nest | John Ruskin
The stonecutter takes the marble and hews out the rough block; the sculptor finds its hidden soul.The Unfolding Life | Antoinette Abernethy Lamoreaux
British Dictionary definitions for hew (1 of 2)
to strike (something, esp wood) with cutting blows, as with an axe
(tr often foll by out) to shape or carve from a substance
(tr; often foll by away, down, from, off, etc) to sever from a larger or another portion
(intr often foll by to) US and Canadian to conform (to a code, principle, etc)
- hewer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for HEW (2 of 2)
Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
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