strew


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strew

 (stro͞o)
tr.v. strewed, strewn (stro͞on) or strewed, strew·ing, strews
1. To spread here and there; scatter or distribute: strewing flowers down the aisle.
2. To distribute something over (an area or surface): "Italy ... was strewn thick with the remains of Roman buildings" (Bernard Berenson).
3. To be or become dispersed over (a surface): "Enemy is retiring ... His dead men and horses strew the roads" (Jeb Stuart).
4. To spread (something) over a wide area; disseminate.

[Middle English strewen, from Old English strēowian; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

strew

(struː)
vb, strews, strewing, strewed, strewn or strewed
to spread or scatter or be spread or scattered, as over a surface or area
[Old English streowian; related to Old Norse strā, Old High German streuwen, Latin struere to spread]
ˈstrewer n

strew

(stru)

v.t. strewed, strewn (stro̅o̅n) or strewed, strew•ing.
1. to scatter freely; sprinkle: to strew seed in a garden bed.
2. to overspread with something scattered: to strew a floor with sawdust.
3. to be scattered over: Flowers strewed the meadow.
4. to disseminate: to strew rumors.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English stre(o)wian, c. Old Frisian strēwa, Old Saxon strōian, Old High German streuen, Old Norse strā, Gothic straujan]
strew′er, n.

Strew

 a number of items scattered over an area, 1578.
Examples: strew of books and pamphlets, 1907; of printer’s proofs, 1891; of weeping verse, 1657.

strew


Past participle: strewed/strewn
Gerund: strewing

Imperative
strew
strew
Present
I strew
you strew
he/she/it strews
we strew
you strew
they strew
Preterite
I strewed
you strewed
he/she/it strewed
we strewed
you strewed
they strewed
Present Continuous
I am strewing
you are strewing
he/she/it is strewing
we are strewing
you are strewing
they are strewing
Present Perfect
I have strewed/strewn
you have strewed/strewn
he/she/it has strewed/strewn
we have strewed/strewn
you have strewed/strewn
they have strewed/strewn
Past Continuous
I was strewing
you were strewing
he/she/it was strewing
we were strewing
you were strewing
they were strewing
Past Perfect
I had strewed/strewn
you had strewed/strewn
he/she/it had strewed/strewn
we had strewed/strewn
you had strewed/strewn
they had strewed/strewn
Future
I will strew
you will strew
he/she/it will strew
we will strew
you will strew
they will strew
Future Perfect
I will have strewed/strewn
you will have strewed/strewn
he/she/it will have strewed/strewn
we will have strewed/strewn
you will have strewed/strewn
they will have strewed/strewn
Future Continuous
I will be strewing
you will be strewing
he/she/it will be strewing
we will be strewing
you will be strewing
they will be strewing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been strewing
you have been strewing
he/she/it has been strewing
we have been strewing
you have been strewing
they have been strewing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been strewing
you will have been strewing
he/she/it will have been strewing
we will have been strewing
you will have been strewing
they will have been strewing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been strewing
you had been strewing
he/she/it had been strewing
we had been strewing
you had been strewing
they had been strewing
Conditional
I would strew
you would strew
he/she/it would strew
we would strew
you would strew
they would strew
Past Conditional
I would have strewed/strewn
you would have strewed/strewn
he/she/it would have strewed/strewn
we would have strewed/strewn
you would have strewed/strewn
they would have strewed/strewn
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.strew - spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic); "strew toys all over the carpet"
bestrew - cover by strewing
litter - make a place messy by strewing garbage around
spread, distribute - distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders spread their language all over the country"
2.strew - cover; be dispersed over; "Dead bodies strewed the ground"
spread over, cover - form a cover over; "The grass covered the grave"

strew

verb scatter, spread, litter, toss, sprinkle, disperse, bestrew By the end, bodies were strewn all around the headquarters building.

strew

verb
Translations
يَنْثُر
poházetsypat
spredestrø
hajottaalevittääsirotella
dreifa
išmėtyti
izbārstītizmētāt
rozrzucić
porozhadzovať
strö
saçmakyaymak

strew

[struː] (strewed (pt) (strewed) (strewn (pp))) [struːn] VT
1. (= scatter) → regar, esparcir
there were fragments strewn about everywherehabía fragmentos esparcidos por todas partes
to strew sand on the floorcubrir el suelo de arena, esparcir arena sobre el suelo
to strew one's belongings about the roomdesparramar las cosas por el cuarto
2. (= cover) → cubrir, tapizar (with de) the floors are strewn with rusheslos suelos están cubiertos de juncos

strew

pret <strewed>, ptp <strewed or strewn>
vt (= scatter)verstreuen; flowers, gravel, sandstreuen; (= cover with) floor etcbestreuen; to strew one’s clothes around (the room)seine Kleider im Zimmer verstreuen; dresses were strewn about the roomKleider lagen im ganzen Zimmer verstreut herum; the floor was strewn with …lagen überall auf dem Boden verstreut

strew

[struː] (strewed (pt) (strewed or strewn (pp))) [struːn] vt (scatter, sand, straw, wreckage) → spargere; (cover) to strew (with)ricoprire (di)
to strew one's things about the room → disseminare la roba in giro per la stanza

strew

(struː) past tense strewed ; past participle strewn verb
to scatter. Rubbish was strewn about on the ground; The ground was strewn with rubbish.
References in classic literature ?
In the forests, all summer long, the branches of the trees do battle for light, and some of them lose and die; and then come the raging blasts, and the storms of snow and hail, and strew the ground with these weaker branches.
No sooner was the acquittal pronounced, than tears were shed as freely as blood at another time, and such fraternal embraces were bestowed upon the prisoner by as many of both sexes as could rush at him, that after his long and unwholesome confinement he was in danger of fainting from exhaustion; none the less because he knew very well, that the very same people, carried by another current, would have rushed at him with the very same intensity, to rend him to pieces and strew him over the streets.
Some of your servants were to have private orders to strew a poisonous juice on your shirts and sheets, which would soon make you tear your own flesh, and die in the utmost torture.