Definition of "hewn" []

  • A past participle of hew. (verb)
  • To strike (something, esp wood) with cutting blows, as with an axe (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To shape or carve from a substance (verb)
  • To sever from a larger or another portion (verb)
  • To conform (to a code, principle, etc) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "hewn" in a sentence
  • "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."