Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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