strew

strew
strew, straw, scatter, sow, broadcast can mean to throw loosely or at intervals.
Strew and the less common straw usually imply a spreading at intervals, but the intervals may be so fine as not to be obvious or so great that each thing may be separately identified
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ground strewn with leaves

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strew a path with gravel

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as he sits in the armchair, the Sunday papers are strewn around him— Mailer

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he looked . . . over the great mesa -strewn plain far below— Cather

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petty ordinances ... of no more weight than dandelion fluff strawed by the wind— Clement Wood

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the tent of night in tatters straws the sky-pavilioned land— Housman

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Scatter (see also SCATTER) implies a separation of parts or pieces, but it distinctively implies a throwing that lets the things fall where they will
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scatter pennies

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scatter bread crumbs

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no railroad scatters its soot over the neat white frame houses— Corey Ford

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a story . . . attacking tuberculars for coming to San Antonio and scattering their deadly germs about this innocent city— Green Peyton

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Sow basically implies the strewing of seeds where they will sprout and develop
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surrounding fields have been sown . . . with squash, pumpkin, and maize— Science

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or in its extended use the strewing of something comparable to seed that can be disseminated (as throughout a group, a community, or an organization)
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sow discord among the club members

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sow seeds of reason and understanding throughout the world— A. E. Stevenson

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Broadcast (see also DECLARE) implies a scattering widely or in all directions
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it is best to broadcast very fine seed

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early in April, just before a rain begins, broadcast}}

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3 pounds of white clover seed— H. S. Pearson

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Analogous words: *spread, disseminate: disperse, dissipate (see SCATTER)

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  • Strew — Strew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Strewed}; p. p. {strewn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Strewing}.] [OE. strewen, strawen, AS. strewian, stre[ o]wian; akin to Ofries. strewa, OS. strewian, D. strooijen, G. streuen, OHG. strewen, Icel. str[=a], Sw. str[ o], Dan.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • strew — [stru:] v past tense strewed past participle strewn [stru:n] or strewed [T usually passive] [: Old English; Origin: strewian] 1.) to scatter things around a large area be strewn with sth ▪ The street was strewn with broken glass. strew sth… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • strew — (v.) O.E. streowian, from P.Gmc. *straujanan (Cf. O.S. stroian, O.N. stra, Dan. strè, Swed. strö, M.Du. strowen, Du. strooien, O.H.G. strouwen, Ger. streuen, Goth. straujan to sprinkle, strew ), from PIE root *stere …   Etymology dictionary

  • strew — [stro͞o] vt. strewed, strewed or strewn, strewing [ME strewen < OE streawian, akin to Ger streuen < IE * streu < base * ster , to extend, stretch out, strew > STRAW, L struere, to pile up] 1. to spread about here and there by or as by …   English World dictionary

  • strew — index diffuse, dispel, disperse (disseminate), disseminate, dissipate (spread out), spread Burt …   Law dictionary

  • strew — [ stru ] (past participle strewn [ strun ] or strewed [ strud ] ) verb be strewn (with) 1. ) to cover a wide area: Thousands of temples are strewn throughout the hills of Bali. 2. ) to be covered with things that are spread around in a careless… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • strew — has a past tense strewed and a past participle form strewn (preferred) or strewed …   Modern English usage

  • strew — ► VERB (past part. strewn or strewed) 1) (usu. be strewn) scatter untidily over a surface or area. 2) (usu. be strewn with) cover (a surface or area) with untidily scattered things. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • strew — be·strew; strew·er; strew·ment; strew; strew·ing; …   English syllables

  • strew — [[t]stru[/t]] v. t. strewed, strewn(stroon) orstrewed, strew•ing. 1) to scatter freely; sprinkle: to strew seed in a garden bed[/ex] 2) to overspread with something scattered: to strew a floor with sawdust[/ex] 3) to be scattered over: Flowers… …   From formal English to slang

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