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  1. hew
    IPA[hyo͞o]
  2. verb

    • 1. chop or cut (something, especially wood or coal) with an axe, pick, or other tool:

      we have finished hauling and hewing timber
      Synonym : chop, hack, chop down, hack down, cut down, saw down, fell, lop, axe, cleave
    • 2. make or shape (something) by cutting or chopping a material such as wood or stone:

      a seat hewn out of a fallen tree trunk
    • 3. conform or adhere to:

      some artists took photographs that hewed to more traditional ideas of art
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: hew, 3rd person present: hews, gerund or present participle: hewing, past tense: hewed, past participle: hewn

    • abbreviation

      (Department of) Health, Education, and Welfare:
    • verb

      chop or cut (something, especially wood or coal) with an axe, pick, or other tool:

      make or shape by cutting a hard material such as wood:

    • abbreviation

      (the US Department of) Health, Education, and Welfare:
    • verb

      cut (wood or stone) roughly with a tool such as an axe:
    • verb

      cut (wood or stone) roughly with a tool such as an axe:
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