Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Sew \Sew\, n.[OE. See Sewer household officer.]
Juice; gravy; a seasoned dish; a delicacy. [Obs.]
I will not tell of their strange sewes.
Sew \Sew\, v. t. [See Sue to follow.]
To follow; to pursue; to sue. [Obs.]
Sew \Sew\, v. i. To practice sewing; to work with needle and thread.
Sew \Sew\, v. t. [[root]151 b. See Sewer a drain.]
To drain, as a pond, for taking the fish. [Obs.]
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.]
To unite or fasten together by stitches, as with a needle and thread.
No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment.
--Mark ii. 21.
To close or stop by ssewing; -- often with up; as, to sew up a rip.
To inclose by sewing; -- sometimes with up; as, to sew money in a bag.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English siwian "to stitch, sew, mend, patch, knit together," earlier siowian, from Proto-Germanic *siwjanan (cognates: Old Norse syja, Swedish sy, Danish sye, Old Frisian sia, Old High German siuwan, Gothic siujan "to sew"), from PIE root *syu- "to bind, sew" (cognates: Sanskrit sivyati "sews," sutram "thread, string;" Greek hymen "thin skin, membrane," hymnos "song;" Latin suere "to sew, sew together;" Old Church Slavonic šijo "to sew," šivu "seam;" Lettish siuviu, siuti "to sew," siuvikis "tailor;" Russian švec "tailor"). Related: Sewed; sewing. To sew (something) up "bring it to a conclusion" is a figurative use attested by 1904.
Etymology 1 vb. 1 (context transitive English) To use a needle to pass thread repeatedly through (pieces of fabric) in order to join them together. 2 (context intransitive English) To use a needle to pass thread repeatedly through pieces of fabric in order to join them together. 3 (context transitive English) To enclose by sewing. Etymology 2
vb. (context obsolete transitive English) To drain, as a pond, for taking the fish.
Usage examples of "sew".
Sew up the fish in a cloth dredged with flour, and boil in salted and acidulated water.
So he went to his place and fell asleep and slept long, while the women went down to acre and meadow, or saw to the baking of bread or the sewing of garments, or went far afield to tend the neat and the sheep.
But if she would like to come here this afternoon with her sewing, the neighbors are coming too, and so is Ali Aga, to amuse us.
That dark, wire-haired woman Kumul had found to measure up Ager and then sew and stitch the blue jerkin and pants was a miracle worker.
Now Henri, in plain white sewn with silver aiglettes, his black hair shining, looking well, touched the Book, kissed the Cross and was taking the oath.
Eight wore the skins typical of the Akka people, furs and hides sewn into clothing.
What a preposterous glut of paper and ink he has amassed, loose leaves and envelopes and journals with spines and notebooks sewn with string, all neatly filled with his blockish, inelegant handwriting, all annotated with symbols in his own private code, signifying such things as further study needed or but is this really true?
She were lying under a down quiltme wedding gift to the bride, Hindoo lady up in Ponda sewed it for mebut just as we came in she shrugged it off, and you could see her bare as a babby to the waist.
His arm already had been swabbed with iodine, sewn up and bandaged and in a sling and he was thanking his luck that his wound was relatively superficial.
And he recognised the beadle, holding under his arms and balancing against his stomach some twenty large sewn volumes.
The three of them would form the Marspan Iowa Consort, to which end Boa had already sewn together a sort of banner of welcome and hung it across the whole width of the music room.
Nyce had ever worn to the Cacodemonic Carnivals on Soma Plume: sixty-one outfits, all set with precious jewels and sewn with Thread of Sirius.
In the bowels of the caravanserai, young ladies who a year before had been hand-weaving cloth for clothing and hand sewing same were using computers to analyze voice intercepts, running satellite communications gear and managing one of the most advanced battlefield networks to be found in the world.
Like the Arab ships of yore, it was sewn togethernot by coir, as in the ancient seagoing vessels, but by thousands upon thousands of miles of rope made from monofilament fiber.
The dressmakers were hard at work, the mother cutting and the daughter sewing, but, as progress could not be too rapid, I told the mother that she would oblige us if she could procure another seamstress who spoke French.