Definition of Straw

1. Noun. Plant fiber used e.g. for making baskets and hats or as fodder.

Substance meronyms: Cushioning, Padding
Generic synonyms: Plant Fiber, Plant Fibre

2. Verb. Cover or provide with or as if with straw. "Cows were strawed to weather the snowstorm"
Generic synonyms: Cover

3. Adjective. Of a pale yellow color like straw; straw-colored.
Similar to: Chromatic

4. Noun. Material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds.
Exact synonyms: Chaff, Husk, Shuck, Stalk, Stubble
Specialized synonyms: Bran
Generic synonyms: Plant Material, Plant Substance
Derivative terms: Chaffy, Husk, Shuck

5. Verb. Spread by scattering (. "They straw papers over the floor"; "Strew toys all over the carpet"
Exact synonyms: Strew
Specialized synonyms: Bestrew, Litter
Generic synonyms: Distribute, Spread
Derivative terms: Strewing

6. Noun. A variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white.
Exact synonyms: Pale Yellow, Wheat
Generic synonyms: Yellow, Yellowness

7. Noun. A thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth.
Exact synonyms: Drinking Straw
Generic synonyms: Tube, Tubing

Definition of Straw

1. v. t. To spread or scatter. See Strew, and Strow.

2. n. A stalk or stem of certain species of grain, pulse, etc., especially of wheat, rye, oats, barley, more rarely of buckwheat, beans, and pease.

Definition of Straw

1. Proper noun. (surname from=Middle English) ¹

2. Noun. A dried stalk of a cereal plant. ¹

3. Noun. Such dried stalks considered collectively. ¹

4. Noun. A drinking straw. ¹

5. Noun. a pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw. ¹

6. Adjective. Made of straw. ¹

7. Adjective. Of a pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw. ¹

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Definition of Straw

1. to cover with straw (stalks of threshed grain) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Straw

straw (current term)
straw boss
straw bosses
straw donor
straw foxglove
straw hat
straw hats
straw man
straw men
straw mushroom
straw mushrooms
straw nail
straw nails
straw poll

Literary usage of Straw

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"It was in this year that straw and grass were first used in making paper by ... The general use of straw paper began in 1857. Some three years previous to ..."

2. The United States: A Graphic History by Louis Morton Hacker, Rudolf Modley, George Rogers Taylor (1891)
"The natural color of the straw was very light; that of the fiber almost perfectly ... The total yield of the fiber, 23 per cent of the weight of the straw, ..."

3. Household Stories, from the Collection of the Bros: Grimm by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm (1883)
"The straw began first, and said, " Dear friends, how do you come here ? ... Nor should I have met with a better fate," said the straw ; " the old woman has ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"They all gave up the invention after testing it that season, and believed that then- tests and experiments had proved that straw 1746] could not he ..."

5. A French-English Dictionary for Chemists by Austin McDowell Patterson (1921)
"vt cover or wrap with straw. paillet, a. pale red wine, verging on straw color; mat, straw mat. — a. pale red, verging on straw color. pailleté, ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society by American Antiquarian Society (1902)
"In the southeasterly part of Westborough, in this Commonwealth, a hill has borne the name of Jack straw for more than two hundred years. ..."

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