from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. A past participle of hew.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made or crafted by cutting, whittling down.
  • adj. Of something that has been cut or mowed down.
  • v. Past participle of hew

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Felled, cut, or shaped as with an ax; roughly squared.
  • adj. Roughly dressed as with a hammer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A past participle of hew.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. cut or shaped with hard blows of a heavy cutting instrument like an ax or chisel


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