American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. A past participle of hew.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A past participle of hew.
- adj. Made or crafted by cutting, whittling down.
- adj. Of something that has been cut or mowed down.
- v. Past participle of hew
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Felled, cut, or shaped as with an ax; roughly squared.
- adj. Roughly dressed as with a hammer.
- adj. cut or shaped with hard blows of a heavy cutting instrument like an ax or chisel
“Every evening, at dusk, a statuesque semi-naked Fijian played on a huge drum, hewn from the trunk of an enormous coconut palm, which was the announcement that dinner was served.”
“He has brought me a small bird hewn from a piece of cypress.”
“Images came in every day of some ashen soul being carried out of the crush, as if they were just chisel-hewn from the concrete — dusty and a bit broken of course, but still alive with a thumbs up for the camera as they go by.”
“Pipe was laid, glass was sealed into the window slots, granite was hewn from a Vermont mountain and shipped all the way to its kitchen counters.”
“During my recent visit, Ali, a local artisan, demonstrated his trade for me — weaving rugs on a loom built by his grandfather, working in a room hewn from the limestone cliffs by a more distant ancestor.”
“Concepts, characters, subplots and themes are wildly thrown into the mix like drunken punches and then abandoned, never to be seen again: A whole city 'hewn from the giant trees of a great forest'!”
“A pulpit bowl hewn from a single block of stone, a 1929 reading desk made of panels from a sixteenth century box pew and a colourful organ case painted like one you'd find in a steam-driven fairground.”
“Crafted from tropical hardwoods, the thick rounded tops are hand-hewn from a single piece of wood, and range in size from twelve to twenty-four inches in diameter.”
“In Ontario, a century ago, school-houses were putting in an appearance in the settlements which had been hewn from the forests.”
“It should be explained that these names, pronounced as they stand, are rough-hewn renditions of the Spanish words cebolla, "onion," and cebolleta, "little onion.”
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