- sewing cotton,
- sewing machine,
- sewing needle,
- sewing silk,
- sewing table,
- sewn binding,
- sex act,
- sex appeal,
- sex assignment
verb (used with object), sewed, sewn or sewed, sew·ing.
verb (used without object), sewed, sewn or sewed, sew·ing.
- 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
verb (used with object), sewed, sew·ing.
verb (used without object), sewed, sew·ing.
Origin of sew2
Examples from the Web for sewn
The creases in his trousers are so fierce they look like crowbars are sewn into them.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town|E. Jean Carroll|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The book discloses that occasionally, weights are sewn into the seams of dresses to avoid potential embarrassment.
The basic texture of our inner lives is sewn from cultural threads.Mark Pagel in ‘Wired for Culture’ Makes a Strong Case for Cultural Determinism|Casey Schwartz|March 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Malika unfolded the fabric, which was really several panels of material that had been sewn together by hand.
In case any one forgot, the letters UEFA were sewn into the breast pocket of his suit.
Broad borders of design edged the gowns at the foot and at the neck, and heraldic devices were sewn upon the surcoats.English Costume|Dion Clayton Calthrop
On a valuable book in an expensive binding, the end papers should be sewn in.Book Repair and Restoration|Mitchell Buck
This metal hand-covering was sewn on to a leather glove or attached to it with leather loops (Fig. 28).Armour & Weapons|Charles John Ffoulkes
His great hand was swollen by its glove, sewn with pearls, to an immense size.The Fifth Queen|Ford Madox Ford
The bias strip should be basted on and sewn with a running-stitch.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools|Ministry of Education Ontario
verb sews, sewing, sewed, sewn or sewed
Word Origin 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.