strew

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v strew cover; be dispersed over "Dead bodies strewed the ground"
    • v strew spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic) "strew toys all over the carpet"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Strew 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 ground. "The snow which does the top of Pindus strew .""Is thine alone the seed that strews the plain?"
    • Strew 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 grave. "And strewed his mangled limbs about the field.""On a principal table a desk was open and many papers [were strewn about."
    • Strew To spread abroad; to disseminate. "She may strew dangerous conjectures."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • strew To scatter; spread loosely: said of dry, loose, separable filings: as, to strew seed in beds; to strew sand on the floor; to strew flowers over a grave.
    • strew To cover in spots and patches here and there, as if by sprinkling or casting loosely about.
    • strew To spread a broad; give currency to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Strew strōō to spread by scattering: to scatter loosely
    • pa.p Strew strewed or strewn
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Quotations

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “And when you stick on conversation's burrs, don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs.”
  • Thomas F. Healey
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    “Don't strew me with roses after I'm dead. When Death claims the light of my brow No flowers of life will cheer me: instead You may give me my roses now!”
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
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    “April comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.”
  • Thomas F. Healey
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    “Dont strew me with roses after Im dead. When Death claims the light of my brow,No flowers of life will cheer me: insteadYou may give me my roses now!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. strewen, strawen, AS. strewian, streówian,; akin to Ofries. strewa, OS. strewian, D. strooijen, G. streuen, OHG. strewen, Icel. strā, Sw. strö, Dan. ströe, Goth. straujan, L. sternere, stratum, Gr. , , Skr. st,. √166. Cf. Stratum Straw Street

Usage

In literature:

Strew a little sugar over each layer, and add a small cupful of water, to prevent burning.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
On their way back the boys strew the ashes over the fields, which is supposed to make them fertile.
"Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I." by Sir James George Frazer
Their arms were full of those spectral blossoms called "Ghost-corn," and they strewed the flowers around the ring in silence.
"The Maid-At-Arms" by Robert W. Chambers
In South Wales the custom of strewing all kinds of flowers over the graves of departed friends, is preserved to the present day.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
The contents of more than one were partly strewed upon the entry floor this morning.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
The day was exquisitely beautiful, and I explored a new wood path, and found it all strewed with a lovely wild flower not much unlike a primrose.
"Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation" by Frances Anne Kemble
The school girls strewed flowers in his path and sang an ode written for the occasion.
"A Short History of the United States" by Edward Channing
Vanslyperken surveyed the room, he perceived that the blood had been washed from the floor and sand strewed over it.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
A few scattered fragments of fortifications and numerous fallen pillars lie strewed on the shore.
"A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy" by Ida Pfeiffer
The ground was strewed with dead Indians.
"Strange True Stories of Louisiana" by George Washington Cable
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In poetry:

With hoary frost he strews the ground;
His hail descends with clatt'ring sound:
Where is the man so vainly bold
That dares defy his dreadful cold?
"Psalm 147 part 2" by Isaac Watts
The pleasures which beguile the road,
The flowers with which your path is strew'd;
To these your whole desires you bend,
And quite forget your journey's end.
"The Foolish Traveller; Or, A Good Inn Is A Bad Home" by Hannah More
Then haste, ye hours, haste, Eve and Morn,
Yet strew your blessings round my home:
Ere Winter's blasts shall strip the thorn
My promis'd joy, my love, will come.
"Dolly" by Robert Bloomfield
Here she lies, a pretty bud,
Lately made of flesh and blood;
Who as soon fell fast asleep,
As her little eyes did peep.
—Give her strewings, but not stir
The earth, that lightly covers her.
"Upon A Child That Died" by Robert Herrick
"'Twas then the youths, from every plain and grove,
Adorn'd with mournful verse thy Sylvia's bier;
'Twas then the nymphs their votive garlands wove,
And strew'd the fragrance of the youthful year.
"Elegy XXII. Written in the Year ----, When the Rights of Sepulture Were So Frequently Violated" by William Shenstone
Then strew the flowers ere life has fled,
While yet their eyes discern;
Why waste their fragrance on the dead
Who no fond smile return?
The heaving breast with sorrow aches,
Comfort the throbbing heart which breaks.
"They Cannot See The Wreaths We Place." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

In the tradition of Jackie Collins and Danielle Steel, Bagshawe strews Sienna's path to stardom with bumps aplenty.
Grapes, strawberries, apples, bell peppers and other fruits and vegetables strewed across a table in another light-filled room emphasized the importance of living healthy, nutritional lives, Tebow said.
In her disturbing mad scene, Ophelia (Liesel Matthews) strews clumps of her hair instead of flowers - dramatizing the psychic cost of Hamlet 's disgust, with women and sexuality.
Like Genghis Khan across the Asian steppes, like the tulip in seventeenth-century Holland, like J.K. Rowling on the shelves of juvenilia, Mel Brooks's The Producers has rampaged onto Broadway, strewing headlines in its wake.
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In science:

Nature has been kind enough to strew microscopic magnetometers – dust grains – throughout the interstellar medium.
Astrophysics of Dust in Cold Clouds
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