The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hew \Hew\ (h[=u]), v. t. [imp. Hewed (h[=u]d); p. p. Hewed
or Hewn (h[=u]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Hewing.] [AS.
he['a]wan; akin to D. houwen, OHG. houwan, G. hauen, Icel.
h["o]ggva, Sw. hugga, Dan. hugge, Lith. kova battle, Russ.
kovate to hammer, forge. Cf. Hay cut grass, Hoe.]
1. To cut with an ax; to fell with a sharp instrument; --
often with down, or off. --Shak.
2. To form or shape with a sharp instrument; to cut; hence,
to form laboriously; -- often with out; as, to hew out a
Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn. --Is. li. 1.
Rather polishing old works than hewing out new.
3. To cut in pieces; to chop; to hack.
Hew them to pieces; hack their bones asunder.