Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Strew \Strew\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Strewed; p. p. strewn; p. pr. & vb. n. Strewing.] [OE. strewen, strawen, AS. strewian, stre['o]wian; akin to Ofries. strewa, OS. strewian, D. strooijen, G. streuen, OHG. strewen, Icel. str[=a], Sw. str["o], Dan. str["o]e, Goth. straujan, L. sternere, stratum, Gr. ?, ?, Skr. st?. [root]166. Cf. Stratum, Straw, Street.]
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.
And strewed his mangled limbs about the field.
On a principal table a desk was open and many papers [were] strewn about.
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.
The snow which does the top of Pindus strew.
Is thine alone the seed that strews the plain?
To spread abroad; to disseminate.
She may strew dangerous conjectures.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English strewian, streowian "to scatter," from Proto-Germanic *strawjan- (cognates: Old Frisian strewa, Old Saxon strowian, Old Norse stra, Danish strø, Swedish strö, Middle Dutch strowen, Dutch strooien, Old High German strouwen, German streuen, Gothic straujan "to sprinkle, strew"), from PIE root *stere- "to spread, extend, stretch out" (see structure (n.)). Related: Strewed; strewn; strewing.
vb. 1 To distribute objects or pieces of something over an area, especially in a random manner. 2 To cover, or lie upon, by having been scattered. 3 (context transitive English) To spread abroad; to disseminate.
Usage examples of "strew".
The site was strewn with a second material as well, a kind of dark balsa wood, very soft to the touch.
The games arcade is as stuffed as ever, the floor strewn with Woozle Pup wrappers and crunched clear plastic bento boxes and chopsticks from The Great Teriyaki Experience!
Aislinn acquiesced, strewing rushes for herself and Corra ni Brith, spreading out her cloak, banking the fire.
On the docks, crude hand-made shrines memorializing Manion the Innocent were strewn with flowers and colorful shells.
Lo Manto walked past the pile of empty boxes and strewn wrappers and pushed open a large wooden door.
Leaflets were printed and strewed around the city, and the Venusians came to watch Munn and Thirkell demonstrating the merits of Roentgen rays.
Larch chose to be an obstetrician because the loss of his parents inspired him to bring more children into the world, but the road that led Larch to obstetrics was strewn with bacteria.
The workshop floor was strewn with straw and sawdust, offcuts from his contraption.
But in a few hours order would be reestablished because she at last took pity on so much silk strewn on the floor, so many leftover brocades and useless pieces of passementerie, so many silver fox tails, all condemned to the fire.
He managed to get the whole soggy mess into the pulper without dribbling more than a few drops on his paper strewn desk or on his maroon jacket.
Groves was, by day, strewn with drying films and mounts, and her old and favourite cat had a bald patch on his flank, the result of a mishap with the pyrogallic acid.
People who strew corn broadcast for a lot of feathered inanities that just sit about cooing and giving each other the glad eye in a Louis Quatorze manner are pretty certain to do you well.
As we drove back along roads strewn with rotting human remains and other wrecked remnants of society, I began to wonder what was next.
Two dark parabolas in a field of yellow, slight 3-D interest provided by the scurf strewn about.
The acid seems to be secreted quickly, for in one case the secretion from the discal glands, on which a little powdered casein had been strewed, coloured litmus paper, before any of the exterior tentacles were inflected.