Definition of "strew" [strew]

  • To spread here and there; scatter: strewing flowers down the aisle. (verb-transitive)
  • To cover (an area or a surface) with things scattered or sprinkled: "Italy . . . was strewn thick with the remains of Roman buildings” ( Bernard Berenson). (verb-transitive)
  • To be or become dispersed over (a surface). (verb-transitive)
  • To spread (something) over a wide area; disseminate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "strew" in a sentence
  • "The word strew means to scatter -- as men scatter seed in sowing it."
  • "Their language is free from bad rhetoric; the reasoning is cogent, but there is an absence of emotion and imagination; they contain few quotable things, and no passages of commanding eloquence, such as strew the orations of Webster and Burke."
  • "With wild wood-leaves and weeds I ha 'strew'd his grave,"