(not countable) Elegant movement; poise or balance.
(not countable) Charming, pleasing qualities.
* 1699 , ,
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- Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace : the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
(not countable, theology) Free and undeserved favour, especially of God. Unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification.
- I have formerly given the general character of Mr. Addison's style and manner as natural and unaffected, easy and polite, and full of those graces which a flowery imagination diffuses over writing.
(not countable, theology) Divine assistance in resisting sin.
(countable) Short prayer of thanks before or after a meal.
(finance) An allowance of time granted for a debtor during which he is free of at least part of his normal obligations towards the creditor.
(card games) A special move in a solitaire or patience game that is normally against the rules.
* good graces
* say grace
To adorn; to decorate; to embellish and dignify.
- He graced the room with his presence.
- He graced the room by simply being there.
* (rfdate) (Alexander Pope)
- His portrait graced a landing on the stairway.
* (rfdate) (Shakespeare)
- Great Jove and Phoebus graced his noble line.
To dignify or raise by an act of favour; to honour.
* (rfdate) (Knolles)
- We are graced with wreaths of victory.
To supply with heavenly grace.
- He might, at his pleasure, grace or disgrace whom he would in court.
(music) To add grace notes, cadenzas, etc., to.
- (Bishop Hall)
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.