\ˈstrü \
strewed; strewed or strewn\ˈstrün \; strewing

Definition of strew 

transitive verb

1 : to spread by scattering

2 : to cover by or as if by scattering something strewing the highways with litter

3 : to become dispersed over as if scattered

4 : to spread abroad : disseminate

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Examples of strew in a Sentence

She strewed the birdseed on the ground. sidewalks strewed with trash left by the parade watchers

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Menu boards and parts of the roof were also ripped apart and strewn throughout the area. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Tornado tears through Sonic Drive-In in Louisiana in dramatic video," 23 Apr. 2018 The next morning, with bloody towels still strewn about the mansion, Chris Harrison tells Becca that David was rushed to the hospital and is in intensive care. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 3 Recap: Why Is Everyone Getting Injured?," 11 June 2018 Surveyor responded by methodically training its remote television camera on new closeup views of its crater-pitted and rock-strewn, but relatively flat, domain., "June 3, 1966: Surveyor spacecraft sends photos," 3 June 2018 The couple’s 10 children were removed in March after police looking for the missing boy found garbage, rotten food, urine, and animal and human feces strewn about the home, Lt. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Ten kids found living in squalor suffered 'sadistic' torture, California cops say | The Sacramento Bee," 15 May 2018 Privacy - Terms The crash left wreckage strewn below the overpass in an area beside the nearby roads. Ian Cummings, Joe Robertson, Robert A. Cronkleton And Tammy Ljungblad, kansascity, "'Miracle he's alive': Driver hospitalized after semi truck falls off overpass in KCK," 25 June 2018 SoMs are just bigger (and cheaper!) than SoCs, since the components are strewn around a tiny circuit board rather than crammed into a tiny chip. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android Things 1.0 launches, Google promises 3 years of updates for every device," 7 May 2018 Dried seaweed flakes added a bit of crunch, umami and nutrients when strewn over salads, rice dishes and seafood pasta. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Coming Soon to a Grocery Near You," 9 July 2018 During a visit in late May, rat traps were strewn about, a reeking dumpster was swarming with flies, and a pole that once supported a basketball hoop stood bare. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Refugees flee war-torn homelands for deteriorating apartment complexes in S.A.," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of strew

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for strew

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

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The first known use of strew was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of strew

: to spread or scatter things over or on the ground or some other surface

: to lie on or cover (something)


\ˈstrü \
strewed; strewed or strewn\ˈstrün \; strewing

Kids Definition of strew

1 : scatter sense 1 … his house and yard were disgracefully dirty with rusty tin cans strewn about …— Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses

2 : to spread by scattering I strewed crumbs for the birds.

3 : to cover by or as if by scattering something Drivers strewed the highway with litter.

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