to let fall in separate pieces or particles over a surface; scatter or sprinkle: to strew seed in a garden bed.
to cover or overspread (a surface, place, etc.) with something scattered or sprinkled: to strew a floor with sawdust.
to be scattered or sprinkled over (a surface): Sawdust strewed the floor.
to spread widely; disseminate: to strew rumors among the troops.
- strew·er, noun
- un·der·strew, verb (used with object), un·der·strewed, un·der·strewn or un·der·strewed, un·der·strew·ing.
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How to use strew in a sentence
The developers said hidden Easter eggs and references will be strewn about, but were adamant that this is a new story focusing on new relationships and characters.Saints Row, the funhouse mirror version of Grand Theft Auto, will reboot in 2022 | Gene Park | August 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Bloodstained backpacks and charred notebooks lay strewn among their dead bodies.The U.S. Is Leaving Afghanistan, the Taliban Is Growing in Power, and Education for Girls and Women Is Already at Risk | Amie Ferris-Rotman | July 7, 2021 | Time
In Speed Golf and Battle Golf you fill up the energy meter by picking up coins strewn across the course.‘Mario Golf: Super Rush’: Maybe a little bit too chill | Christopher Byrd | July 2, 2021 | Washington Post
In one building, parts of the ceiling were strewn across the floor.
Selecting the Olympic gymnastics team is a bit like a Swarovski crystal-strewn game of “choose your own adventure.”How To Build The Best Gymnastics Team Around Simone Biles | Dvora Meyers | June 23, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Pour on a wine-glassful of Sauterne or vin de Grave, and strew over it some Spanish pimento.Dressed Game and Poultry la Mode | Harriet A. de Salis
Salt and pepper these highly, and strew over it finely chopped onion and parsley.Dressed Game and Poultry la Mode | Harriet A. de Salis
It is her duty to open the eastern doors of the palace of the sun, and to strew the path of Apollo, the sun god, with roses.'Round the Year in Myth and Song | Florence Holbrook
And she went to strew the flowers still left over Catherine's grave.Night and Morning, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
These she was to strew in front of the lodge, leaving only a small path uncovered by them.The Myths of the North American Indians | Lewis Spence
British Dictionary definitions for strew
to spread or scatter or be spread or scattered, as over a surface or area
- strewer, noun
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