Strew

Strew

(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Strewed (?); p. p. strewn (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Strewing.] [OE. strewen, strawen, AS. strewian, strewian; akin to Ofries. strewa, OS. strewian, D. strooijen, G. streuen, OHG. strewen, Icel. str, Sw. str, Dan. stre, Goth. straujan, L. sternere, stratum, Gr. , , Skr. st. 166. Cf. Stratum, Straw, Street.] 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 grave.
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And strewed his mangled limbs about the field.
Dryden.
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On a principal table a desk was open and many papers [were] strewn about.
Beaconsfield.
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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 ground.
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The snow which does the top of Pindus strew.
Spenser.
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Is thine alone the seed that strews the plain?
Pope.
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3. To spread abroad; to disseminate.
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She may strew dangerous conjectures.
Shak.
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