What does straw mean?

Definitions for straw
strɔstraw

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word straw.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. straw(noun)

    plant fiber used e.g. for making baskets and hats or as fodder

  2. chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, straw, stubble(noun)

    material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds

  3. pale yellow, straw, wheat(noun)

    a variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white

  4. straw, drinking straw(adj)

    a thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth

  5. straw(verb)

    of a pale yellow color like straw; straw-colored

  6. straw(verb)

    cover or provide with or as if with straw

    "cows were strawed to weather the snowstorm"

  7. strew, straw(verb)

    spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic)

    "strew toys all over the carpet"

Wiktionary

  1. straw(Noun)

    A dried stalk of a cereal plant.

    Etymology: Old English strēaw, from strawan ‘that which is strewn’. Cognate with Dutch stro, German Stroh, Swedish strå, Albanian strohë.

  2. straw(Noun)

    Such dried stalks considered collectively.

    Etymology: Old English strēaw, from strawan ‘that which is strewn’. Cognate with Dutch stro, German Stroh, Swedish strå, Albanian strohë.

  3. straw(Noun)

    A drinking straw.

    Etymology: Old English strēaw, from strawan ‘that which is strewn’. Cognate with Dutch stro, German Stroh, Swedish strå, Albanian strohë.

  4. straw(Adjective)

    Made of straw.

    straw hat

    Etymology: Old English strēaw, from strawan ‘that which is strewn’. Cognate with Dutch stro, German Stroh, Swedish strå, Albanian strohë.

  5. straw(Adjective)

    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.

Wikipedia

  1. Straw

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Straw(verb)

    to spread or scatter. See Strew, and Strow

    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.]

  2. Straw(noun)

    a stalk or stem of certain species of grain, pulse, etc., especially of wheat, rye, oats, barley, more rarely of buckwheat, beans, and pease

    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.]

  3. Straw(noun)

    the gathered and thrashed stalks of certain species of grain, etc.; as, a bundle, or a load, of rye straw

    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.]

  4. Straw(noun)

    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.]

Freebase

  1. Straw

    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

  1. Straw

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. straw

    A type of plant fiber.

    Straw is necessary for all farmers for food for some of their animals.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 6, 2020  

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'straw' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3902

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'straw' in Nouns Frequency: #2328

Anagrams for straw »

  1. warts

  2. swart

  3. swart, warts

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of straw in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of straw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of straw in a Sentence

  1. Masanobu Fukuoka:

    PART 2 THE ROAD TO NATURAL FARMING [page 197] ... D. From Organic Farming to Natural Farming [page 205] In the future, American agriculture will probably grow even larger on business capital, but on the other hand, people who are inclined to using natural methods will probably progress from organic to natural farming. The problem, however, is that the distinction between organic and natural farming is still not generally understood. Of course, scientific farming and organic farming are not that different, and fundamentally both can be called scientific. Consequently, the boundary between them is unclear. The major objective of the international conference I attended on this [1986] visit to the U.S. was to assess the current world situation and to determine in which direction to move in the future. In more concrete terms, the goal was to examine how various farming methods now being practised, such as permaculture, organic farming, and other methods based on new ideas, relate to each other and to what extent they can act in concert. I may just be feathering my own nest, but as far as I can see, the only way is to follow the road back to nature, bearing in mind an Oriental natural philosophy. I believe that in doing this, we will establish techniques that go beyond our present technology. Although this philosophy still takes various forms and names, it is clear that the thought underlying it is my "Green Philosophy" as I described it in The One–Straw Revolution. It is fine to turn gradually from organic farming onto the road that leads to anti-scientific farming. It is fine to set our sights on farming that perpetuates itself infinitely and on a return to nature, even while enjoying life on a designed farm. But these must not end up as microscopic techniques and should not be used as temporary fads. Even though we have these at our command, at the core there must be a natural philosophy, in order to establish a farming method that will become the great principle of an agriculture that continues infinitely.

  2. Julie Brady:

    The way Nin Bell handled it. That was the absolute last straw for me.

  3. Mark Naugle:

    Most people are disaffected from the church already and this was the final straw.

  4. Jeff Kaufmann:

    Most people who come to the straw poll intuitively know that this is snapshot in time, they know the difference between a scientific poll.

  5. Karla Villalon:

    Its the final straw, my kids classrooms have mold in them ...Theres just so much outrage thats been building over time.

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