Sew
Sew Sew, v. t. [imp. {Sewed}; p. p. {Sewed}, rarely {Sewn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sewing}.] [OE. sewen, sowen, AS. si['o]wian, s[=i]wian; akin to OHG. siuwan, Icel. s?ja, Sw. sy, Dan. sye, Goth. siujan, Lith. siuti, Russ, shite, L. ssuere, Gr. ????, Skr. siv. [root]156. Cf. {Seam} a suture, {Suture}.] 1. To unite or fasten together by stitches, as with a needle and thread. [1913 Webster]

No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment. --Mark ii. 21. [1913 Webster]

2. To close or stop by ssewing; -- often with up; as, to sew up a rip. [1913 Webster]

3. To inclose by sewing; -- sometimes with up; as, to sew money in a bag. [1913 Webster]


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  • sew — [səu US sou] v past tense sewed past participle sewn [səun US soun] or sewed [I and T] [: Old English; Origin: siwian] to use a needle and thread to make or repair clothes or to fasten something such as a button to them ▪ I learned to sew at… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sew — O.E. siwian to stitch, earlier siowian, from P.Gmc. *siwjanan (Cf. O.N. syja, Swed. sy, O.H.G. siuwan, Goth. siujan to sew ), from PIE root *syu to bind, sew (Cf. Skt. sivyati sews, sutram t …   Etymology dictionary

  • sew — [sō] vt. sewed, sewn or sewed, sewing [ME sewen < OE siwian, akin to Goth siujan < IE base * siw , to sew > SEAM, L suere (pp. sutus), to sew, sew together] 1. to join or fasten with stitches made with needle and thread 2. to make, mend …   English World dictionary

  • sew — [ sou ] (past tense sewed; past participle sewn [ soun ] or sewed) verb intransitive or transitive * 1. ) to make or repair clothes using a needle and THREAD: sew a skirt/hem 2. ) to fasten something using a needle and THREAD: sew something on… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sew — [səʊ ǁ soʊ] verb sewed PASTTENSE sewn PASTPART [səʊn ǁ soʊn] also sewed sew something → up phrasal verb [transitive] 1 …   Financial and business terms

  • Sew — Sew, n.[OE. See {Sewer} household officer.] Juice; gravy; a seasoned dish; a delicacy. [Obs.] Gower. [1913 Webster] I will not tell of their strange sewes. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sew — Sew, v. t. [See {Sue} to follow.] To follow; to pursue; to sue. [Obs.] Chaucer. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sew — Sew, v. i. To practice sewing; to work with needle and thread. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sew — Sew, v. t. [[root]151 b. See {Sewer} a drain.] To drain, as a pond, for taking the fish. [Obs.] Tusser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sew — sew, sow verbs. Sew means ‘to form stitches with a needle and thread’ and has the past form sewed and the past participle sewn or sewed. Sow means ‘to plant (seed)’ and has the past form sowed and the past participle sown or sowed …   Modern English usage

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