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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Strewing \Strew"ing\, noun

1. The act of scattering or spreading.

2. Anything that is, or may be, strewed; -- used chiefly in the plural. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Strew \Strew\, verb (used with an object) [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. str["o]e, Goth. straujan, L. sternere, stratum, Gr. ?, ?, Skr. st?. [root]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.

And strewed his mangled limbs about the field. --Dryden.

On a principal table a desk was open and many papers [were] strewn about. --Beaconsfield.

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.

The snow which does the top of Pindus strew. --Spenser.

Is thine alone the seed that strews the plain? --Pope.

3. To spread abroad; to disseminate.

She may strew dangerous conjectures. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

strewing

noun

1: the act of scattering [syn: {scatter}, {scattering}, {strewing}]


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