Origin of sewing
- 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
Related Words for sewingtailoring, mending, needlework, stitchery, seaming, needlecraft, dressmaking
Examples from the Web for sewing
Contemporary Examples of sewing
Like drawing tattoos, sewing earmuffs, or fashioning model airplanes from old chip bags?How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
Her daughter, Elaina, 24, a trained costume designer and makeup artist, helps out by sewing clothes.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
Today all of “these girls are living their lives in dignity, using needles and sewing machines,” said Sister Rosemary.Live from San Antonio: Women in the World Texas!
Women in the World
October 23, 2014
Such products are not suited for the rigours of public life, and need to be adapted, at the very least by sewing in hem weights.Kate Middleton's History of Flesh-Flashing Wardrobe Malfunctions
May 29, 2014
Before you knew it, I had a needle in my hand and was making patterns and sewing.Fashion Designer Michele Savoia Found Dead in Hudson River
February 17, 2014
Historical Examples of sewing
She had taken her sewing again, and she bent her head over it as if she were ashamed.Tiverton Tales
Why, I don't earn that amount of money by six months' sewing.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
For her mother, sewing and cooking had been accomplishments; for her they were work.Southern Lights and Shadows
While he talked she would sit with her sewing, now and then putting in a question to help.The Harbor
Women with peaceful faces could be seen bent over their sewing.L'Assommoir
- a piece of cloth, etc, that is sewn or to be sewn
- (as modifier)sewing basket
- 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 for sew
late 13c., "action of sewing;" c.1400, "sewn work," verbal noun from sew (v.). Sewing machine is attested from 1847.
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.