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hew

hew

 
 
pronunciation:
hyu
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: hewed, hewing, hews
definition 1: to cut off or cut down with, or as though with, an ax.
The men are in the woods hewing branches.
similar words:
chop, hack
definition 2: to shape by cutting or hacking.
He's hewing logs by the woodshed.
similar words:
chop
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to cut something with or as if with an ax.
They've been hewing all morning and building up the woodpile.
similar words:
hack
definition 2: to follow or obey strictly (usu. fol. by to).
They hewed to church doctrine on immortality.
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derivation: hewer (n.)