graze


graze
graze
graze1 [grāz]
vt.
grazed, grazing [ME grasen < OE grasian < base of græs, gærs, GRASS]
1. to feed on (growing grass, herbage, a pasture, etc.)
2. to put livestock to feed on (growing grass, herbage, etc.)
3. to tend (feeding livestock)
4. to feed on the pasturage of (land)
vi.
1. to feed on growing grass, etc.
2. Informal
a) to snack all day instead of eating regular meals
b) to eat small portions of different foods, as appetizers or samples of entrees
grazer
n.
graze2 [grāz]
vt.
grazed, grazing [prob. < GRAZE1 in sense “to come close to the grass”]
1. to touch or rub lightly in passing
2. to scrape or scratch in passing [a bullet grazed his thigh]
vi.
to scrape, touch, or rub lightly against something in passing
n.
1. the act of grazing
2. a slight scratch or scrape caused by grazing

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  • Graze — Graze, v. i. 1. To eat grass; to feed on growing herbage; as, cattle graze on the meadows. [1913 Webster] 2. To yield grass for grazing. [1913 Webster] The ground continueth the wet, whereby it will never graze to purpose. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Graze — (gr[=a]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Grazed} (gr[=a]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Grazing}.] [OE. grasen, AS. grasian, fr. gr[ae]s grass. See {Grass}.] 1. To feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc.) with grass; to furnish pasture for. [1913 Webster] A field or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Graze — Graze, n. 1. The act of grazing; the cropping of grass. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Turning him out for a graze on the common. T. Hughes. [1913 Webster] 2. A light touch; a slight scratch. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • graze — Ⅰ. graze [1] ► VERB 1) (of cattle, sheep, etc.) eat grass in a field. 2) informal eat frequent snacks at irregular intervals. DERIVATIVES grazer noun. ORIGIN Old English, related to GRASS(Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • graze — vb pasture, *feed, nourish graze vb *brush, glance, shave, skim Analogous words: touch, contact (see corresponding nouns at CONTACT): injure, hurt, harm: *deface, disfigure: wound, bruise, contuse (see corresponding nouns at WOUND) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • graze — graze·able; graze; …   English syllables

  • graze — [v1] touch abrade, brush, carom, chafe, glance off, kiss*, ricochet, rub, scrape, scratch, shave*, skim, skip; concept 612 Ant. manhandle graze [v2] feed on bite, browse, champ, crop, crunch, eat, forage, gnaw, masticate, munch, nibble, pasture,… …   New thesaurus

  • graze — index contact (touch) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • grąžė — sf. žr. grąža 3: Ar sodinsime bulves grąžėse? Nj …   Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language

  • graze — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ minor, slight, small VERB + GRAZE ▪ have, suffer ▪ She suffered only minor grazes in the crash …   Collocations dictionary


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