from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To strew (a surface) with things so as to cover it: The crowd bestrewed the streets with confetti.
- transitive v. To lie scattered over or about: Books and papers bestrewed the desk.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To strew or scatter about; throw or drop here and there.
- v. To strew anything upon; strew over or about; cover or partially cover with things strewn; cover with straw or strewing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To strew or scatter over; to besprinkle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strew or scatter about; throw or drop here and there.
- To strew anything upon; cover or partially cover with things strewn or scattered.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cover by strewing
Middle English bistrewen, from Old English bestrēowian : be-, be- + strēowian, to strew; see strew.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bistrewen, from Old English bestrēowian ("to bestrew, besprinkle"), equivalent to be- + strew. Cognate with Dutch bestrooien ("to sprinkle, bestrew"), German bestreuen ("to sprinkle, cover"), Swedish beströ ("to strew, sprinkle, scatter"). (Wiktionary)