- (transitive) To hew coarsely, without smoothing.
- to roughhew timber
- (transitive, figuratively) To give the first form or shape to; to form rudely and approximately; to roughcast.
- There's a divinity that shapes our ends, / Roughhew them how we will. — Shakespeare.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.