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[soo]Nautical
verb (used with object), sewed, sew·ing.
  1. to ground (a vessel) at low tide (sometimes fol by up).
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verb (used without object), sewed, sew·ing.
  1. (of a vessel) to be grounded at low tide.
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noun
  1. the amount of additional water necessary to float a grounded vessel.
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Origin of sew

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1505–15; < Middle French sewer, aphetic variant of essewer < Vulgar Latin *exaquāre, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + aqu(a) water + -āre infinitive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for sew's

sew

verb sews, sewing, sewed, sewn or sewed
  1. to join or decorate (pieces of fabric, etc) by means of a thread repeatedly passed through with a needle or similar implement
  2. (tr; often foll by on or up) to attach, fasten, or close by sewing
  3. (tr) to make (a garment, etc) by sewing
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See also sew up

Word Origin for sew

Old English sēowan; related to Old Norse sӯja, Gothic siujan, Old High German siuwen, Latin suere to sew, Sanskrit sīvjati he sews
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Word Origin and History for sew's

sew

v.

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.

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