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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strew, strawverb

    spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic)

    "strew toys all over the carpet"

  2. strewverb

    cover; be dispersed over

    "Dead bodies strewed the ground"


  1. strewverb

    To distribute objects or pieces of something over an area, especially in a random manner.

  2. Etymology: Old English strewian.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To STREWverb

    Perhaps strow is best, being that which reconciles etymology with pronunciation.

    Etymology: Strawan, Gothick; stroyen, Dutch; streawian , Sax. strawen, German; strôer, Danish.

    The snow which does the top of Pindus strew,
    Did never whiter shew. Edmund Spenser.

    Is thine alone the seed that strews the pain?
    The birds of heav’n shall vindicate their grain. Alexander Pope.

    I thought thy bride-bed to have deck’d, sweet maid,
    And not have strew’d thy grave. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Here be tears of perfect moan,
    Wept for thee in Helicon;
    And some flowers and some bays,
    For thy herse, to strew the ways. John Milton.

    The calf he burnt in the fire, ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made Israel drink of it. Ex.

    With furies and nocturnal orgies fir’d,
    Whom ev’n the savage beasts had spar’d, they kill’d,
    And strew’d his mangled limbs about the field. Dryden.


  1. strew

    To strew means to scatter or spread things loosely or disperse them over a surface or area. It frequently refers to scattering items in different directions over a wide area.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strewverb

    to scatter; to spread by scattering; to cast or to throw loosely apart; -- used of solids, separated or separable into parts or particles; as, to strew seed in beds; to strew sand on or over a floor; to strew flowers over a grave

  2. Strewverb

    to cover more or less thickly by scattering something over or upon; to cover, or lie upon, by having been scattered; as, they strewed the ground with leaves; leaves strewed the ground

  3. Strewverb

    to spread abroad; to disseminate

  4. Etymology: [OE. strewen, strawen, AS. strewian, strewian; akin to Ofries. strewa, OS. strewian, D. strooijen, G. streuen, OHG. strewen, Icel. str, Sw. str, Dan. stre, Goth. straujan, L. sternere, stratum, Gr. , , Skr. st. 166. Cf. Stratum, Straw, Street.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Strew

    strōō, v.t. to spread by scattering: to scatter loosely:—pa.p. strewed or strewn.—ns. Strew′ing, act of scattering or spreading over: anything fit to be strewed: (Shak.) litter for cattle; Strew′ment (Shak.), anything strewed or scattered in decoration. [A.S. streowian; Ger. streuen, L. sternĕre.]

Editors Contribution

  1. strew

    Strew (verb) an act of disseminate or spread.

    Strew is an action that perform of distribution.

    Submitted by pinkss5 on September 27, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strew in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strew in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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