verb (used with object), strewed, strewn [stroon] or strewed, strewing.
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.

before 1000; Middle English strewen, Old English strewian; cognate with German streuen, Old Norse strā, Gothic straujan; akin to Latin sternere to spread (see stratum)

strewer, noun
understrew, verb (used with object), understrewed, understrewn or understrewed, understrewing.
unstrewed, adjective
unstrewn, adjective

1. broadcast. See sprinkle.

1. gather, reap. Unabridged
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strew (struː)
vb , strews, strewing, strewed, strewn, 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]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. streowian, from P.Gmc. *straujanan (cf. O.S. stroian, O.N. stra, Dan. strø, Swed. strö, M.Du. strowen, Du. strooien, O.H.G. strouwen, Ger. streuen, Goth. straujan "to sprinkle, strew"), from PIE base *stere- "to spread, extend, stretch out" (see structure).
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Example sentences
Strew slides of neutral pH residue were made to identify incompletely disaggregated samples.
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