strew

verb
\ ˈstrü How to pronounce strew (audio) \
strewed; strewed or strewn\ ˈstrün How to pronounce strewn (audio) \; 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
Recent Examples on the Web His wallet was among the debris strewn in every direction at the accident scene. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio disc jockey sends positive message across airwaves," 6 Jan. 2020 The local industry grew enough to sustain a portraiture business run by a young photographer named Cassius Jones Young, the researchers found, as evidenced by the bits of picture frames, glass plates and chemical bottles strewn throughout the soil. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Find Hair Dye Bottles Used by Self-Conscious Civil War Soldiers Posing for Portraits," 5 Dec. 2019 The protesters held their ground for most of the day, as water cannon trucks drove over bricks and nails strewn by protesters to spray them at close range — some with water dyed blue to help police identify protesters afterward. Ken Moritsugu, Anchorage Daily News, "Hong Kong protesters fight off police with fire and arrows," 17 Nov. 2019 The protesters held their ground for most of the day, as water cannon trucks drove over bricks and nails strewn by protesters to spray them at close range — some with water dyed blue to help police identify protesters afterward. chicagotribune.com, "Hong Kong police use tear gas, water canons to flush protesters out of university campus," 17 Nov. 2019 Two white garbage bags hanging from the waistband of her pink and blue leggings, Tara Holmes walked down south Lee Avenue in Parramore Saturday, canvassing the area for litter strewn throughout empty lots and along grassy curbs. Tess Sheets, orlandosentinel.com, "Volunteers gather to clean up Parramore to put ‘unity back in community’," 26 Oct. 2019 Air pockets wove a beautiful web through the light bread, and crunchy almonds strewn over the eggplant created a nice trio of textures. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Review: The Wolf’s Tailor, named one of U.S.’ best new restaurants, is almost worthy of the honor," 2 Oct. 2019 Though the tombs, dubbed Tholos VI and Tholos VII, were looted in antiquity, they are still strewn with thousands of pieces of gold leaf that had once adorned their walls and floors, reports Nicholas Wade for the New York Times. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Artifacts in Gold-Lined Tombs Hint at Ancient Greek Trade Relationships," 18 Dec. 2019 The shooting occurred in a crosswalk at a large intersection strewn with debris that had backed-up traffic in Sai Wan Ho, a neighborhood on the eastern part of Hong Kong Island. Alice Fung, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire," 11 Nov. 2019

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Strew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strewing. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for strew

strew

verb
How to pronounce strew (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of strew

: to spread or scatter things over or on the ground or some other surface
literary : to lie on or cover (something)

strew

verb
\ ˈstrü How to pronounce strew (audio) \
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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