Strew

  • 1 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 strew — strew, straw, scatter, sow, broadcast can mean to throw loosely or at intervals. Strew and the less common straw usually imply a spreading at intervals, but the intervals may be so fine as not to be obvious or so great that each thing may be… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 strew — [stru:] v past tense strewed past participle strewn [stru:n] or strewed [T usually passive] [: Old English; Origin: strewian] 1.) to scatter things around a large area be strewn with sth ▪ The street was strewn with broken glass. strew sth… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 strew — (v.) O.E. streowian, from P.Gmc. *straujanan (Cf. O.S. stroian, O.N. stra, Dan. strè, Swed. strö, M.Du. strowen, Du. strooien, O.H.G. strouwen, Ger. streuen, Goth. straujan to sprinkle, strew ), from PIE root *stere …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 strew — [stro͞o] vt. strewed, strewed or strewn, strewing [ME strewen < OE streawian, akin to Ger streuen < IE * streu < base * ster , to extend, stretch out, strew > STRAW, L struere, to pile up] 1. to spread about here and there by or as by …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 strew — index diffuse, dispel, disperse (disseminate), disseminate, dissipate (spread out), spread Burt …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 strew — [ stru ] (past participle strewn [ strun ] or strewed [ strud ] ) verb be strewn (with) 1. ) to cover a wide area: Thousands of temples are strewn throughout the hills of Bali. 2. ) to be covered with things that are spread around in a careless… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 8 strew — has a past tense strewed and a past participle form strewn (preferred) or strewed …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 strew — ► VERB (past part. strewn or strewed) 1) (usu. be strewn) scatter untidily over a surface or area. 2) (usu. be strewn with) cover (a surface or area) with untidily scattered things. ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 strew — be·strew; strew·er; strew·ment; strew; strew·ing; …

    English syllables

  • 11 strew — [[t]stru[/t]] v. t. strewed, strewn(stroon) orstrewed, strew•ing. 1) to scatter freely; sprinkle: to strew seed in a garden bed[/ex] 2) to overspread with something scattered: to strew a floor with sawdust[/ex] 3) to be scattered over: Flowers… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12 strew — strewer, n. /strooh/, v.t., strewed, strewn /stroohn/ or strewed, strewing. 1. to let fall in separate pieces or particles over a surface; scatter or sprinkle: to strew seed in a garden bed. 2. to cover or overspread (a surface, place, etc.) with …

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  • 13 strew — [[t]stru͟ː[/t]] strews, strewing, strewed, strewn VERB To strew things somewhere, or to strew a place with things, means to scatter them there. [V n prep/adv] The racoons knock over the rubbish bins in search of food, and strew the contents all… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 strew — v. (d; tr.) to strew with (the field was strewn with bodies) * * * [struː] (d; tr.) to strew with (the field was strewn with bodies) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 strew — UK [struː] / US [stru] verb Word forms strew : present tense I/you/we/they strew he/she/it strews present participle strewing past tense strewed UK [struːd] / US [strud] past participle strewn UK [struːn] / US [strun] be strewn (with) to cover a… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 strew — /stru / (say strooh) verb (t) (strewed or strewn, strewing) 1. to let fall in separate pieces or particles over a surface; scatter or sprinkle: to strew seed in a garden bed. 2. to cover or overspread (a surface, place, etc.) with something… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 strew — transitive verb (strewed; strewed or strewn; strewing) Etymology: Middle English strewen, strowen, from Old English strewian, strēowian; akin to Old High German strewen to strew, Latin struere to heap up, sternere to spread out, Greek stornynai… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 strew — verb /struː/ To distribute objects or pieces of something over an area, especially in a random manner. Sweet flower, with flowers thy bridal bed I strew. Syn: scatter, sprinkle See Also: strain …

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  • 19 strew — verb Strew is used with these nouns as the object: ↑garbage, ↑rubbish …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 strew — Synonyms and related words: bestrew, broadcast, circulate, circumfuse, cover, deal out, diffract, diffuse, dispense, disperse, dispread, disseminate, dissipate, distribute, diverge, dust, fan out, issue, litter, overscatter, oversow, overspread,… …

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