Hew, n. Destruction by cutting down. [Obs.]
Of whom he makes such havoc and such hew. --Spenser.
Hew v. t. [imp. Hewed p. p. Hewed or Hewn p. pr. & vb. n. Hewing.]
1. To cut with an ax; to fell with a sharp instrument; -- often with down, or off.
2. To form or shape with a sharp instrument; to cut; hence, to form laboriously; -- often with out; as, to hew out a sepulcher.
Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn. --Is. li. 1.
Rather polishing old works than hewing out new. --Pope.
3. To cut in pieces; to chop; to hack.
Hew them to pieces; hack their bones asunder. --Shak.
1. Hue; color. [Obs.]
2. Shape; form. [Obs.]
v 1: make or shape as with an axe; "hew out a path in the rock"
[syn: hew out]
2: strike with an axe; cut down, strike; "hew an oak"