from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Stalks of threshed grain, used as bedding and food for animals, for thatching, and for weaving or braiding, as into baskets.
- n. A single stalk of threshed grain.
- n. Something, such as a hat or basket, made of straw.
- n. A slender tube used for sucking up a liquid.
- n. Something of minimal value or importance.
- n. Something with too little substance to provide support in a crisis: Near the end we were grasping at straws.
- adj. Of, relating to, or made of straw: a straw mat.
- adj. Containing or used for straw, as a barn or feeding trough.
- adj. Of the color of straw; yellowish.
- adj. Having little or no value or substance; unimportant.
- adj. Of, relating to, or constituting a straw man.
- idiom final The final annoyance or setback, which even though minor makes one lose patience.
- idiom straw in the wind A slight hint of something to come.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A dried stalk of a cereal plant.
- n. Such dried stalks considered collectively.
- n. A drinking straw.
- n. a pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw.
- adj. Made of straw.
- adj. Of a pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- n. The gathered and thrashed stalks of certain species of grain, etc..
- n. Anything proverbially worthless; the least possible thing; a mere trifle.
- transitive v. To spread or scatter. See strew, and strow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The stalk or stem of certain species of grain, pulse, etc., chiefly of wheat, rye, oats, barley, buckwheat, and pease, cut or broken off (and usually dry); also, a piece of such a stem.
- n. Such stalks collectively, especially after drying and threshing: as, a load of straw. In this sense a collective without plural.
- n. Figuratively, anything proverbially worthless; the least possible thing.
- n. A slight fact, taken as an instance in proof of a tendency.
- n. A clay pipe, especially a long one.
- n. Same as straw-needle.
- n. In entomology, a stick-insect; a walking-stick.
- Made or composed of straw: as, a straw hat.
- Sham; fictitious; useless: as, a straw bid. Compare straw bail, under bail, 5.
- To furnish or bind with straw; apply straw to.
- An obsolete or dialectal form of strew.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth
- v. cover or provide with or as if with straw
- n. material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
- n. plant fiber used e.g. for making baskets and hats or as fodder
- n. a variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white
- adj. of a pale yellow color like straw; straw-colored
- v. spread by scattering (
I know the difference by knowing my own: in my country, _if the prince says, "Eat straw" we eat straw_. '
The word straw has often been used to refer to things that are not quite valid or sincere.
Ah, the straw-man or what I dub the straw-horse argument.
* Drinking soda through a straw limits cavities, but only if the straw is aimed pretty much straight into your throat.
Buying a weapon for somebody who is otherwise by law not allowed to own a weapon is a violation of what we call our straw purchase law here and that is a serious crime.
But rather than try to go with the rational argument which, granted, often seems not to work very well in this society, organizations in favor of equal opportunity try to back it up by arguing what you call the straw man.
State GOP officials had heavily promoted what they described as their straw ballot's predictive power.
I think this this what they call a straw dog - an argument you set up largely because it is so easy to knock down.
David continues by quoting what he calls a straw man:
Ian Plimer is what one refers to as a straw man, as is Lord Monckton.