The act of grazing; a scratching or injuring lightly on passing.
A light abrasion; a slight scratch.
To feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc.) with grass; to furnish pasture for.
* Jonathan Swift
* 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.
- a field or two to graze his cows
* Alexander Pope
- Cattle graze in the meadows.
* 1993 , John Montroll, Origami Inside-Out (page 41)
- The lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead.
To tend (cattle, etc.) while grazing.
- 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 rub or touch lightly the surface of (a thing) in passing.
- when Jacob grazed his uncle Laban's sheep
* 1851 ,
- the bullet grazed the wall
To cause a slight wound to; to scratch.
- 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 yield grass for grazing.
* Francis Bacon
- to graze one's knee
- 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.
Origin uncertain; perhaps a or perhaps related to the Dutch vocht and German feucht (moisture)
(label) A thick cloud that forms near the ground; the obscurity of such a cloud.
*:Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog -laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor;.
(label) A mist or film clouding a surface.
A state of mind characterized by lethargy and confusion.
Mr. Pratt's Patients
, passage=I was on my way to the door, but all at once, through the fog in my head, I began to sight one reef that I hadn't paid any attention to afore.}}
(label) A silver deposit or other blur on a negative or developed photographic image.
* To count sense thick cloud , bank of fog is usually used.
* To count sense clouding a surface , foggy patch is usually used.
* (cloud that forms at a low altitude and obscures vision) mist, haze
* (mist or film clouding a surface) steam
* (state of mind characterized by lethargy and confusion) daze, haze
* fog bank
* fog lamp
* fog layer
* fog light
* fog of war
* fog signal
* in a fog
* fog drip
To become covered with or as if with fog.
To become obscured in condensation or water.
(photography) To become dim or obscure.
To cover with or as if with fog.
* 1968 , Eighth Annual Report , Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg, p 7:
- The mirror fogged every time he showered.
To obscure in condensation or water.
To make confusing or obscure.
(photography) To make dim or obscure.
To practice in a small or mean way; to pettifog.
- Fogging' for adult mosquito control began on June 4th in residential areas. Until September 25th, the Metro area was ' fogged eleven times, using nine truck-mounted foggers, eight hand swing foggers, and two boats.
- Where wouldst thou fog to get a fee?
* (to become obscured in condensation or water) become cloudy, become steamy
* (to make confusing or obscure) blur, cloud, obscure
Origin uncertain; compare Norwegian fogg .
A new growth of grass appearing on a field that has been mowed or grazed.
(UK, dialect) Tall and decaying grass left standing after the cutting or grazing season; foggage.
To pasture cattle on the fog, or aftergrass, of; to eat off the fog from.