- a past participle of sew1.
- 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).
- 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
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
The book discloses that occasionally, weights are sewn into the seams of dresses to avoid potential embarrassment.Queen's Style Secrets Revealed
November 5, 2012
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
March 4, 2012
Malika unfolded the fabric, which was really several panels of material that had been sewn together by hand.When Everything Changed
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
March 11, 2011
In case any one forgot, the letters UEFA were sewn into the breast pocket of his suit.World Cup Primer
June 12, 2010
Ten golden pieces are sewn into the hem of your under doublet.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
You see it is impossible for him to stop in here with you for ever, as if he was sewn on to your petticoat.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
The hose is of heavy duck, sometimes double, sewn by machine.Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining
John S. Hittell
In these cities the garments were cut and sent out to the dwellings of the poor to be sewn.The Age of Invention
The perspiration ran down my face, got into my eyes—my arms were sewn in.An Outcast of the Islands
- a past participle of sew
- 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 and History for sewn
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.