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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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This is, of course, no argument against the poems now-we mean it only as against the poets thew.
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.
Tantor must needs spend the better part of his life in filling his immense stomach against the needs of his mighty thews.
Opening his eyes, he stretched his giant thews, yawned, rose and gazed about him through the leafy foliage of his retreat.
When the three bull ourang outangs closed upon Bulan he felt no fear as to the outcome of the battle, for never in his experience had he coped with any muscles that his own mighty thews could not overcome.
Death is his foe, but his peer, and in their age-long struggle the thews of Love have been strengthened, and his vision cleared, until there is no one who can stand against him.
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.
The thews of the sire had been transmitted to the son--it needed only the hardening of use to develop them.
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.
My experi-ence in the hard life of the inner world has turned my thews to steel.