What does HEW mean?

Definitions for HEW
hyu or, often, yuHEW

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word HEW.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hew, hew outverb

    make or shape as with an axe

    "hew out a path in the rock"

  2. hewverb

    strike with an axe; cut down, strike

    "hew an oak"


  1. hewverb

    To chop away at; to whittle down; to mow down.

  2. hewverb

    To act according to, to conform to; usually construed with to.

  3. Etymology: From hewen, from heawan, from hawwanan, from kehₐu-. Cognate with hew, hewe, houwe, Dutch houwen, German hauen, Swedish hugga, Icelandic höggva; and with cudo, Lithuanian káuti, Albanian hu. See also hoe.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To HEWv.a. part. hewn or hewed.

    Etymology: heawan, Saxon; hauwen, Dutch.

    Upon the joint the lucky steel did light,
    And made such way that hew’d it quite in twain. Edmund Spenser.

    I had purpose
    Once more to hew thy target from thy brawn,
    Or lose my arm for’t. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    He was hewn in pieces by Hamilton’s friends. John Hayward.

    One Vane was so grievously hewn, that many thousands have died of less than half his hurts, whereof he was cured. John Hayward.

    Scarce can I speak, my choler is so great:
    Oh! I could hew up rocks, and fight with flint. William Shakespeare.

    He from deep wells with engines water drew,
    And us’d his noble hands the wood to hew. John Dryden, Fables.

    He that depends
    Upon your favours, swims with fins of lead,
    And hews down oaks with rushes. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Brave followers, yonder stands the thorny wood,
    Which, by the heav’n’s assistance and your strength,
    Must by the roots be hewn up yet ere night. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Yet shall the axe of justice hew him down,
    And level with the root his lofty crown. George Sandys.

    He from the mountain hewing timber tall,
    Began to build a vessel of huge bulk. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    We’ll force the gate where Marcus keeps his guard,
    And hew down all that would oppose our passage. Addison.

    Thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he that hewed him out a sepulchre on high. Is. xxii. 16.

    Nor is it so proper to hew out religious reformations by the sword, as to polish them by fair and equal disputations. Charles I .

    This river rises in the very heart of the Alps, and has a long valley that seems hewn out on purpose to give its waters a passage amidst so many rocks. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Next unto bricks are preferred the square hewn stone. John Mortimer.

    The gate was adamant; eternal frame!
    Which, hew’d by Mars himself, from Indian quarries came,
    The labour of a god. John Dryden, Fables.

    I now pass my days, not studious nor idle, rather polishing old works than hewing out new. Alexander Pope, to Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hewverb

    to cut with an ax; to fell with a sharp instrument; -- often with down, or off

  2. Hewverb

    to form or shape with a sharp instrument; to cut; hence, to form laboriously; -- often with out; as, to hew out a sepulcher

  3. Hewverb

    to cut in pieces; to chop; to hack

  4. Hewnoun

    destruction by cutting down

  5. Hewnoun

    hue; color

  6. Hewnoun

    shape; form

  7. Etymology: [AS. hewan; akin to D. houwen, OHG. houwan, G. hauen, Icel. hggva, Sw. hugga, Dan. hugge, Lith. kova battle, Russ. kovate to hammer, forge. Cf. Hay cut grass, Hoe.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hew

    hū, v.t. to cut with any sharp instrument: to cut in pieces: to shape.—v.i. to deal blows with a cutting instrument:—pa.p. hewed, or hewn.—n. (Spens.) hacking.—n. Hew′er, one who hews. [A.S. héawan; Ger. hauen.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HEW in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HEW in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of HEW in a Sentence

  1. Zelda:

    Most people hew the battlements of life from compromise, erecting their impregnable keeps from judicious submissions, fabricating their philosophical drawbridges from emotional retractions and scalding marauders in the boiling oil of sour grapes.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    And many strokes, though with a little axe, Hew down and fell the hardest-timbered oak.

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  • hauen, bearbeiten, einhauenGerman
  • tallarSpanish
  • façonner, se conformer, accommoder, tailler, modeler, assujettirFrench
  • vág, vagdalHungarian
  • tēstLatvian
  • modelleren, houwen, boetseren, zich richten naar, zich conformeren met, vormenDutch
  • moldarPortuguese
  • sculpta, ciopliRomanian
  • соответствовать, придавать, придерживаться, форма, обтёсывать, согласовываться, вырезать, рубитьRussian
  • huggaSwedish

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