Dictionary: HET'MAN – HEX-A-PET'AL-OUS

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A Cossack commander in chief.

HEU'LAND-ITE, n. [from M. Heuland.]

A mineral, occurring massive, frequently globular, or crystalized in the form of a right oblique-angled prism. It has been ranked among the zeolites, but is now considered as distinct. Phillips.

HEW, v.t. [pret. hewed; pp. hewed or hewn. Sax. heawian; G. hauen; D. houwen; Sw. hugga; Dan. hugger. In Sw. hugg is a cut, a slash; Dan. hug, a beating, a striking; so that the primary sense is to strike, to drive with the hand. See Hoe.]

  1. To cut with an ax, or other like instrument, for the purpose of making an even surface or side; as, to hew timber.
  2. To chop; to cut; to hack; as, to hew in pieces.
  3. To cut with a chisel; to make smooth; as, to hew stone.
  4. To form or shape with an edged instrument; with out; as, to hew out a sepulcher. Is. xxii.
  5. To form laboriously. I now pass my days, not studious nor idle, rather polishing old works than hewing out new ones. [Unusual.] Pope. To hew down, to cut down; to fell by cutting. To hew off, to cut off; to separate by a cutting instrument.

HEW'ED, pp.

Cut and made smooth or even; chopped; hacked; shaped by cutting or by a chisel.

HEW'ER, n.

One who hews wood or stone.

HEW'ING, ppr.

Cutting and making smooth or even; chopping; hacking; forming by the chisel.

HEWN, pp.

The same as Hewed.

HEX'A-CHORD, n. [Gr. εξ, six, and χορδη, a chord.]

In ancient music, an imperfect chord called a sixth. Also, an instrument of six chords, or system of six sounds. Rousseau.

HEX-A-DAC'TYL-OUS, a. [Gr. εξ and δακτυλος.]

Having six fingers or toes.

HEX'ADE, n. [Gr. εξ, six.]

A series of six numbers. Med. Repos.

HEX'A-GON, n. [Gr. εξ, six, and γωνια, an angle.]

In geometry, a figure of six sides and six angles. If the sides and angles are equal, it is a regular hexagon. The cells of honey-comb are hexagons, and it is remarkable that bees instinctively form their cells of this figure, which fills any given space without any interstice or loss of room.


Having six sides and six angles.


for Hexagon, is not used.

HEX'A-GYN, n. [Gr. εξ, six, and γυνη, a female.]

In botany, a plant that has six styles.


Having six styles.


Of the figure of a hexahedron; having six equal sides.

HEX-A-HE'DRON, n. [Gr. εξ, six, and εδρα, a base or seat.]

A regular solid body of six sides; a cube.

HEX-A-HEM'E-RON, n. [Gr. εξ, six, and ημερα, day.]

The term of six days. Good.


Having six metrical feet.

HEX-AM'E-TER, n. [Gr. εξ, six, and μετρον, measure.]

In ancient poetry, a verse of six feet, the first four of which may be either dactyls or spondees, the fifth must regularly be a dactyl, and the sixth always a spondee. In this species of verse are composed the Iliad of Homer and the Æneid of Virgil. Diva so|lo fix|os ocu|los a|versa ten|ebat. Virgil.


Consisting of six metrical feet. Warton.

HEX-AN'DER, n. [Gr. εξ, six, and ανηρ, male.]

In botany, a plant having six stamens.


Having six stamens.

HEX-AN'GU-LAR, a. [Gr. εξ, six, and angular.]

Having six angles or corners.

HEX-A-PET'AL-OUS, a. [Gr. εξ, six, and πεταλον, a leaf.]

Having six petals or flower-leaves.