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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.]

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. To spread abroad; to disseminate.

    She may strew dangerous conjectures.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

past participle of strew (v.).


alt. (past participle of strew English) vb. (past participle of strew English)

  1. adj. (used with `with' or in combination) covered by or as if by something scattered over or on; "the forest floor strewn with boulders"; "the petal-strewn aisle"

  2. being distributed here and there without order; "scattered leaves littered the sidewalk"; "don't forget to pick up the clothes lying strewn all over the floor" [syn: scattered]

  1. v. spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic); "strew toys all over the carpet" [syn: straw]

  2. cover; be dispersed over; "Dead bodies strewed the ground"

  3. [also: strewn]


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Usage examples of "strewn".

The equipment cabinets were smashed open, with their contents strewn throughout the chamber.

Carialle showed them pieces of tiny ships, strewn like discarded toys.

But not until all adjoining space and every peripheral system had been investigated and warning devices strategically strewn would the Federation enjoy any sense of security.

Sections of the galaxy were strewn with the unexploded minefields from ancient wars--and not necessarily of Nastie origin.

The progress of the two women was steady but uncertain, and their indirect course not entirely due to the cartwheels, apparatus, and equipment that lay strewn about the spacious whitewashed Hall.

And before Jaxom could answer, he began to glide down to the river, past the rapid boiling waters flowing across treacherously strewn boulders, to the calm pool and the flat stone outcropping.

He also tried to keep in mind just where the strewn belongings had landed, so that after all the fuss was over he would know where to retrieve them.

The room was large and dark with a low, beamed ceiling and a stone floor strewn with rushes.

The moonlight filtered in among the trees and dappled the leaf strewn ground.

An enormous stone statue, its upper third lost in the shadows high above, raised its mass titanically at one end of the room, and directly in front of the statue was a low stone platform, carpeted and strewn with cushions.

Seeing mounted men riding toward the ground Ce'Nedra had so liberally strewn with gold and mistaking their intent, the legions broke.

Mayhap in thy wisdom thou mayest advise these two questors concerning the possibility of avoiding the perils posed by the enchantments certain to be strewn in their path.

The mercenaries kept these few around as bait for a trap, but there were many other elves in the forest who might well blame the red-haired elf whose arrows Bunlap had strewn judiciously around the ravaged elven settlement.

Fresh straw had been strewn on the packed dirt floor, and the high beams were free of cobwebs.

Chunks of ice were strewn across the floor, some of them tinted with crimson.