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thew

 (thyo͞o)
n. often thews
1. Muscular power or strength.
2. A well-developed sinew or muscle: "sinews of steel, thews of iron, abdomen like one of those old-time washing boards" (Michael Kelly).

[Middle English, individual habit, virtue, strength (sense influenced by sinew), from Old English thēaw, a custom, habit.]

thew′y adj.

thew

(θjuː)
n
1. (Anatomy) muscle, esp if strong or well-developed
2. (plural) muscular strength
[Old English thēaw; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thau discipline, Latin tuērī to observe, tūtus secure]
ˈthewy adj
ˈthewless adj

thew

(θyu)

n.
1. Usu., thews. muscle or sinew.
2. thews, physical strength.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English thēaw custom, usage, c. Old Saxon thau, Old High German thau, dau discipline]
thew′y, adj.
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thew

noun
The state or quality of being physically strong.Often used in plural:
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All round, her unpanelled, open bulwarks were garnished like one continuous jaw, with the long sharp teeth of the sperm whale, inserted there for pins, to fasten her old hempen thews and tendons to.
We learn, upon the au- thority of a letter from Charles county, Maryland, received by a gentleman of this city, that a young man, named Matthews, a nephew of General Mat- thews, and whose father, it is believed, holds an of- fice at Washington, killed one of the slaves upon his father's farm by shooting him.
Holy Clerk,'' said the stranger, after the first cup was thus swallowed, ``I cannot but marvel that a man possessed of such thews and sinews as thine, and who therewithal shows the talent of so goodly a trencher-man, should think of abiding by himself in this wilderness.
The thews of the sire had been transmitted to the son--it needed only the hardening of use to develop them.
I have taught you how to handle a sword; you have thews of iron, a wrist of steel.
Antaeus was our brother, born of that same beloved parent to whom we owe the thews and sinews, as well as the courageous hearts, which made him proud of our relationship.
Our young friend has the thews and sinews," said he.
Nearly six-foot-six, and of more than theatrical thews and muscles, Isidore Bruno, in the gorgeous leopard skin and golden-brown garments of Oberon, looked like a barbaric god.
I take my vow, there be no bread and milk limbs in those fine clothes, but stiff joints and tough thews.
Human flesh is the food most craved by the fierce Barsoomian lion, whose great carcass and giant thews require enormous quantities of meat to sustain them.
It is not the occasional member of its species that is a man hunter--all are man hunters; but they do not confine their foraging to man alone, for there is no flesh or fish within Pellucidar that they will not eat with relish in the constant efforts which they make to furnish their huge carcasses with sufficient sustenance to maintain their mighty thews.
My experi-ence in the hard life of the inner world has turned my thews to steel.