a single stalk or stem, especially of certain species of grain, chiefly wheat, rye, oats, and barley.
a mass of such stalks, especially after drying and threshing, used as fodder.
material, fibers, etc., made from such stalks, as used for making hats or baskets.
the negligible value of one such stalk; trifle; least bit:
not to care a straw.
a tube, usually of paper or glass, for sucking up a beverage from a container:
to sip lemonade through a straw.
anything of possible but dubious help in a desperate circumstance.
straw man (def 2).
a straw hat.
of, pertaining to, containing, or made of straw:
a straw hat.
of the color of straw; pale yellow.
of little value or consequence; worthless.
catch / clutch / grasp at a straw / straws / any straw(s), to seize at any chance, no matter how slight, of saving oneself from calamity.
draw straws, to decide by lottery using straws or strawlike items of different lengths, usually with the short straw or straws determining the person chosen or the loser.
stalks of threshed grain, esp of wheat, rye, oats, or barley, used in plaiting hats, baskets, etc, or as fodder
(as modifier): a straw hat
a single dry or ripened stalk, esp of a grass
a long thin hollow paper or plastic tube or stem of a plant, used for sucking up liquids into the mouth
(usually used with a negative) anything of little value or importance: I wouldn’t give a straw for our chances
a measure or remedy that one turns to in desperation (esp in the phrases clutch or grasp at a straw or straws)
a pale yellow colour
(as adjective): straw hair
straw in the wind, a hint or indication
the last straw, a small incident, setback, etc that, coming after others, proves intolerable
(mainly US) having little value or substance
(archaic) another word for strew
Jack, full name John Whitaker Straw. born 1946, British Labour politician; Home Secretary (1997–2001); Foreign Secretary (2001–06); Lord Chancellor (2007–10)
Used in brick-making (Ex. 5:7-18). Used figuratively in Job 41:27; Isa. 11:7; 25:10; 65:25.
noun 1. any of several everlasting flowers, especially an Australian composite plant, Helichrysum bracteatum, having heads of chaffy yellow, orange, red, or white flowers. 2. Also called cornflower. a bellwort, Uvularia grandiflora, of the lily family, having yellow flowers. noun 1. an Australian plant, Helichrysum bracteatum, in which the coloured bracts retain their colour when […]
adjective 1. of or relating to a summer theater situated outside an urban or metropolitan area: strawhat theater; strawhat circuit.
- Straw in the wind
straw in the wind definition A small sign that hints of something that is about to happen: “It is difficult to tell whether the new regime will relax censorship, although a recent remark by the minister of culture may be a straw in the wind.” straw in the wind A slight hint of the future, […]
The first of the series of DoD requirements that led to Ada (Woodenman, Tinman, Ironman, Steelman). Strawman was produced by the HOLWG in Apr 1975. (1995-01-30)