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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hew  \Hew\,  v.  t.  [imp.  {Hewed};  p.  p.  {Hewed}  or  {Hewn};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Hewing}.]  [AS.  he['a]wan;  akin  to  D.  houwen  OHG. 
  houwan  G.  hauen,  Icel.  h["o]ggva,  Sw  hugga  Dan.  hugge, 
  Lith.  kova  battle,  Russ.  kovate  to  hammer,  forge.  Cf  {Hay} 
  cut  grass,  {Hoe}.] 
  1.  To  cut  with  an  ax  to  fell  with  a  sharp  instrument;  -- 
  often  with  down  or  off  --Shak. 
 
  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. 




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