strew

verb
\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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The blast left the floor strewn with twisted metal, broken desks and human limbs. Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, "Spate of Deadly Violence Darkens Peace Prospects in Afghanistan," 15 Aug. 2018 The counters are cluttered, strewn with all the ingredients required to sustain an addiction—spoons caked with powder, pipes, papers, cigarette butts. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 In large parts of Hiroshima, water streamed through a residential area, strewn with fallen telephone poles, uprooted trees, and mud. Haruka Nuga, BostonGlobe.com, "Rescuers search for 80 still missing after Japan floods," 9 July 2018 In Hiroshima prefecture, water streamed through a residential area, strewn with fallen telephone poles, uprooted trees and mud. Time, "Death Toll Climbs to 76 As Heavy Rains Slam Southern Japan," 8 July 2018 In Hiroshima prefecture, water streamed through a residential area, strewn with fallen telephone poles, uprooted trees and mud. Haruka Nuga And Yuri Kageyama, chicagotribune.com, "Death toll climbs to 76 as heavy rains hammer southern Japan," 8 July 2018 His studio, still strewn with some of his tools and brushes, now doubles as a small museum on his work and influence. Fortune, "5 Spectacular, New Ways to Experience the French Countryside," 28 June 2018 Outside, where the children were tied, photographs showed the area strewn with trash, toys, a teddy bear and feces. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Deputy cries as he describes San Antonio children tied up like dogs," 16 Apr. 2018 The finished gravy, strewn with chunks of juicy roasted oranges, is so good you will be tempted to drink it, but hold back and pour it over the succulent meat instead. Jill O'connor, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cookbook celebrates versatility of oranges," 26 Mar. 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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strew

verb

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)

strew

verb
\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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