WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
strew /stru/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], strewed, strewn /strun/USA pronunciation  or strewed, strew•ing. 
  1. to scatter (something) freely on (something):The butcher strewed his shop floor with sawdust to absorb stains and odors.
See -stru-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
strew  (stro̅o̅),USA pronunciation v.t.,  strewed, strewn (stro̅o̅),USA pronunciation or strewed, strew•ing. 
  1. to let fall in separate pieces or particles over a surface;
    scatter or sprinkle:to strew seed in a garden bed.
  2. to cover or overspread (a surface, place, etc.) with something scattered or sprinkled:to strew a floor with sawdust.
  3. to be scattered or sprinkled over (a surface):Sawdust strewed the floor.
  4. to spread widely;
    disseminate:to strew rumors among the troops.
strewer, n. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English strewen, Old English strewian; cognate with German streuen, Old Norse strā, Gothic straujan; akin to Latin sternere to spread (see stratum)
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged broadcast. See  sprinkle. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gather, reap.

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strew /struː/ vb (strews, strewing, strewed, strewn, strewed)
  1. to spread or scatter or be spread or scattered, as over a surface or area
Etymology: Old English streowian; related to Old Norse strā, Old High German streuwen, Latin struere to spread

ˈstrewer n

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