Graze vs Glaze - What's the difference?

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In transitive terms the difference between graze and glaze

is that graze is to cause a slight wound to; to scratch while glaze is to install windows.

In intransitive terms the difference between graze and glaze

is that graze is to yield grass for grazing while glaze is for eyes to take on an uninterested appearance.




(en noun)
  • The act of grazing; a scratching or injuring lightly on passing.
  • A light abrasion; a slight scratch.
  • Verb

  • To feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc.) with grass; to furnish pasture for.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • a field or two to graze his cows
  • * 1999:' Although it is perfectly good meadowland, none of the villagers has ever '''grazed animals on the meadow on the other side of the wall. — ''Stardust , Neil Gaiman, page 4 (2001 Perennial Edition).
  • (ambitransitive) To feed on; to eat (growing herbage); to eat grass from (a pasture); to browse.
  • Cattle graze in the meadows.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • The lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead.
  • * 1993 , John Montroll, Origami Inside-Out (page 41)
  • The bird [Canada goose] is more often found on land than other waterfowl because of its love for seeds and grains. The long neck is well adapted for grazing .
  • To tend (cattle, etc.) while grazing.
  • * Shakespeare
  • when Jacob grazed his uncle Laban's sheep
  • To rub or touch lightly the surface of (a thing) in passing.
  • the bullet grazed the wall
  • * 1851 ,
  • But in that gale, the port, the land, is that ship’s direst jeopardy; she must fly all hospitality; one touch of land, though it but graze the keel, would make her shudder through and through.
  • To cause a slight wound to; to scratch.
  • to graze one's knee
  • To yield grass for grazing.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The sewers must be kept so as the water may not stay too long in the spring; for then the ground continueth the wet, whereby it will never graze to purpose that year.

    Derived terms

    * overgraze


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    Etymology 1

    First attested in 1784 in reference to ice. From the verb.


    (en noun)
  • (ceramics) The vitreous coating of pottery or porcelain; anything used as a coating or color in glazing. See (transitive verb).
  • A transparent or semi-transparent layer of paint.
  • An edible coating applied to food.
  • (meteorology) A smooth coating of ice formed on objects due to the freezing of rain; glaze ice
  • Broth reduced by boiling to a gelatinous paste, and spread thinly over braised dishes.
  • A glazing oven. See Glost oven.
  • Etymology 2

    From Middle English glasen'' ("to fit with glass"). Either a continuation of an unattested Old English weak verb ''*glæsan'', or coined in Middle English as a compound of ''glas'' and ''-en (standard infinitive suffix). Probably influenced in Modern English by glazen.


  • To install windows.
  • (transitive, ceramics, painting) To apply a thin, transparent layer of coating.
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  • To become glazed or glassy.
  • For eyes to take on an uninterested appearance.
  • References

    * Krueger, Dennis (December 1982). "Why On Earth Do They Call It Throwing?" Studio Potter Vol. 11, Number 1.[]


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