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Bestrew \Be*strew"\, v. t. [imp. Bestrewed; p. p. Bestrewed, Bestrown (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Bestrewing.] To strew or scatter over; to besprinkle. [Spelt also bestrow.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English bestreowian; see be- + strew (v.).


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To strew or scatter about; throw or drop here and there. 2 (context transitive English) To strew anything upon; strew over or about; cover or partially cover with things strewn; cover with straw or strewing.

  1. v. cover by strewing

  2. [also: bestrewn]

Usage examples of "bestrew".

Sometimes, as the road was cut through the pine woods that seemed in the darkness to be closing down upon us, great masses of greyness which here and there bestrewed the trees, produced a peculiarly weird and solemn effect, which carried on the thoughts and grim fancies engendered earlier in the evening, when the falling sunset threw into strange relief the ghost-like clouds which amongst the Carpathians seem to wind ceaselessly through the valleys.

And to make fine And fresh thy hearse-cloth, we will here Four times bestrew thee every year.

Assuming that you could transport men and mounts through all the perils that bestrew the way between here and the Realm Amphibious, once there they would be utterly defeated.

Blood is flowing, corpses bestrew the ground, and severed heads are fallen on the dust of the battlefield.

The fire-alarm and midnight drum may beat, And all bestrewed ysmoking at your feet!

That night when the greetings and the supper were over, the entire family, including Buff, the yellow dog, bestrewed itself upon the front porch.

Sinbad came ashore there and had manifold adventures, and numberless wrecks bestrewed the sands.

Weapons hung on the walls, skins of bears and other beasts carpeted the floor, and decorated cushions bestrewed the benches.

Amuth bestrewed its head with ashes and mourned for a month until Loppos reappeared.

To prove his point, he snatched up one of the two dozen comic books bestrewing the counterpane and held it so that his mother might see its garish cover and know herself to be caught and shamed in a lie.

By and by came the unsparing train-boy on his rounds, bestrewing the passengers successively with papers, magazines, fine-cut tobacco, and packages of candy.

A thoughtless person may think that with a whole host of inanimate bodies bestrewing the path of retreat there could not have been much difficulty in supplying the deficiency.

Her prime weaknesses, aside from the habit of prosaic disillusionment, are a tendency toward erroneous geography and history and a fatal predilection for bestrewing her novels with insipid little poems, attributed to one or another of the characters.

Edges softened by atmosphere, it was bestrewn with glaciers, long streaks and broad plains and frozen seas bluishly aglimmer from pole to pole.

Western world was received on the landing-place of the German steamers at Jersey City--a huge wooden shed covering a wooden wharf which resounded under the feet, an expanse palisaded with rough-hewn piles that leaned this way and that, and bestrewn with masses of heterogeneous luggage.