What does Straw mean?
Definitions for Straw
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Straw.
plant fiber used e.g. for making baskets and hats or as fodder
chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, straw, stubblenoun
material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
pale yellow, straw, wheatnoun
a variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white
straw, drinking strawadjective
a thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth
of a pale yellow color like straw; straw-colored
cover or provide with or as if with straw
"cows were strawed to weather the snowstorm"
spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic)
"strew toys all over the carpet"
A dried stalk of a cereal plant.
Such dried stalks considered collectively.
A drinking straw.
Made of straw.
Of a pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw.
Etymology: Old English strēaw, from strawan ‘that which is strewn’. Cognate with Dutch stro, German Stroh, Swedish strå, Albanian strohë.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: streow , Saxon; stroo, Dutch.
I can counterfeit the deep tragedian,
Tremble and start at wagging of a straw,
Intending deep suspicion. William Shakespeare, Richard III.
Plate sin with gold,
And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks;
Arm it in rags, a pigmy’s straw doth pierce it. William Shakespeare.
Apples in hay and straw ripened apparently; but the apple in the straw more. Francis Bacon, Natural History.
My new straw hat, that’s trimly lin’d with green,
Let Peggy wear. John Gay, Pastorals.
More light he treads, more tall he seems to rise,
And struts a straw breadth nearer to the skies. Thomas Tickell.
Thy arms, thy liberty, beside
All that’s on th’ outside of thy hide,
Are mine by military law,
Of which I will not bate one straw. Hudibras.
’Tis not a straw matter whether the main cause be right or wrong. Roger L'Estrange.
Straw is an agricultural byproduct consisting of the dry stalks of cereal plants after the grain and chaff have been removed. It makes up about half of the yield of cereal crops such as barley, oats, rice, rye and wheat. It has a number of different uses, including fuel, livestock bedding and fodder, thatching and basket making. Straw is usually gathered and stored in a straw bale, which is a bale, or bundle, of straw tightly bound with twine, wire, or string. Straw bales may be square, rectangular, or round, and can be very large, depending on the type of baler used.
to spread or scatter. See Strew, and Strow
a stalk or stem of certain species of grain, pulse, etc., especially of wheat, rye, oats, barley, more rarely of buckwheat, beans, and pease
the gathered and thrashed stalks of certain species of grain, etc.; as, a bundle, or a load, of rye straw
anything proverbially worthless; the least possible thing; a mere trifle
Etymology: [OE. straw, stre, stree, AS. strew, from the root of E. strew; akin to OFries. str, D. stroo, G. stroh, OHG. str, Icel. str, Dan. straa, Sw. str. 166. See Strew.]
Straw is an agricultural by-product, the dry stalks of cereal plants, after the grain and chaff have been removed. Straw makes up about half of the yield of cereal crops such as barley, oats, rice, rye and wheat. It has many uses, including fuel, livestock bedding and fodder, thatching and basket-making. It is usually gathered and stored in a straw bale, which is a bundle of straw tightly bound with twine or wire. Bales may be square, rectangular, or round, depending on the type of baler used.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
straw, n. the stalk on which corn grows, and from which it is thrashed: a quantity of these when thrashed: anything worthless, the least possible thing.—ns. Straw′berry, the delicious and fragrant fruit of any of the species of the genus Fragaria, the plant itself; Straw′berry-leaf, a symbolic ornament on the coronets of dukes, marquises, and earls—in pl. a dukedom; Straw′berry-mark, a soft reddish nævus or birth-mark; Straw′berry-tree, a species of Arbutus, which produces a fruit resembling the strawberry; Straw′-board, a kind of mill-board or thick card-board, made of straw after it has been boiled with lime or soda to soften it; Straw′-col′our, the colour of dry straw, a delicate yellow.—adj. Straw′-col′oured, of the colour of dry straw, of a delicate yellowish colour.—ns. Straw′-cut′ter, an instrument for chopping straw for fodder; Straw′-embroi′dery, embroidery done by sewing straw on net; Straw′-house, a house for holding thrashed straw; Straw′ing (slang), the sale of straws on the streets in order to cover the giving to the purchaser of things forbidden to be sold, as indecent books, &c.; Straw′-plait, a narrow band of plaited wheat-straw, used in making straw hats, bonnets, &c.; Straw′-stem, the fine stem of a wine-glass pulled out from the material of the bowl, instead of being attached separately: a wine-glass having such a stem.—adj. Straw′y, made of, or like, straw.—Man of straw (see under Man). [A.S. streaw; Ger. stroh, from the root of strew.]
A cylindrical shaped tube that you suck liquid through!
She drank a gallon of beer through a strawl
A type of plant fiber.
Straw is necessary for all farmers for food for some of their animals.
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Straw is ranked #8356 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Straw surname appeared 3,962 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Straw.
89.7% or 3,557 total occurrences were White.
5.1% or 205 total occurrences were Black.
2% or 80 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.5% or 61 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
0.7% or 30 total occurrences were Asian.
0.7% or 29 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Straw' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3902
Rank popularity for the word 'Straw' in Nouns Frequency: #2328
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The numerical value of Straw in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of Straw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of Straw in a Sentence
When you have a straw poll, it forces you to turn out people to an event. They make a bigger commitment of giving up their day in the summer to go vote for you at an event. Even though it doesn't matter, it's not binding, it forces you to organize early, it would have forced everyone to organize because the risk of not organizing is that you might get ejected from the race. Not having a straw poll hurt.
Most people who come to the straw poll intuitively know that this is snapshot in time, they know the difference between a scientific poll.
But the insurrection was the last straw for me, as a father of three kids, I would never have thought I would see a day like this.
We are particularly interested in getting the manufacturers going forward to change the way they do business, to tighten up their distribution systems so that they don't continue to supply unlimited amounts of guns to gun dealers who are systematically selling them to straw purchasers and others who are engaged in trafficking into Mexico.
They entered houses made from straw and grass and looted all our money and livestock.
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Translations for Straw
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- pallaCatalan, Valencian
- sláma, slaměnýCzech
- gwelltyn, gwelltWelsh
- strohfarben, Halm, Stroh, strohblond, Strohhalm, strohgelbGerman
- paja, pajiza, pajizoSpanish
- põhk, õlekõrsEstonian
- کاه, پوشال, نیPersian
- pahna, olki, oljenkeltainenFinnish
- jaune paille, pailleFrench
- sràbhScottish Gaelic
- pagliuzza, festuca, pagliaItalian
- 藁, わら色, ワラ, 藁色Japanese
- ka, کا, pûşKurdish
- StréiLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- слама, сламка, сламенMacedonian
- słomiany, słomaPolish
- pai, paieRomanian
- соломина, солома, соломенный, соломинкаRussian
- pàlgia, patza, paza, padha, palla, pàgia, paxaSardinian
- сламка, slamka, слама, slamaSerbo-Croatian
- saman, balya, hasırTurkish
- stol, stolastagVolapük
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