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  Dictionary Definition of hew

hew
verb, hewed, hewed or hewn, hewing.

-- verb (t)
1. to strike forcibly with an axe, sword, or the like; chop; hack.
2. to make or shape with cutting blows: to hew a passage.
3. to cut ( away, off, out, from, etc.) from a whole or a large part.
4. to cut down; fell: to hew down trees.
-- verb (i)
5. to deal cutting blows; to cut.
[ME hewe ( n ), OE heawan, c. G hauen ]
-- hewer, noun