1. [syn: strew, straw]
2. cover; be dispersed over;
- Example: "Dead bodies strewed the ground"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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,
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
And strewed his mangled limbs about the field.
On a principal table a desk was open and many papers
[were] strewn about. --Beaconsfield.
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 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. --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic); "strew toys all
over the carpet" [syn: strew, straw]
2: cover; be dispersed over; "Dead bodies strewed the ground"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
36 Moby Thesaurus words for "strew":
bestrew, broadcast, circulate, circumfuse, cover, deal out,
diffract, diffuse, dispense, disperse, dispread, disseminate,
dissipate, distribute, diverge, dust, fan out, issue, litter,
overscatter, oversow, overspread, propagate, publish, radiate,
retail, scatter, sow, sow broadcast, splay, spread, spread out,
sprinkle, straw, toss, utter