(countable, uncountable) Any plant of the family Poaceae, characterized by leaves that arise from nodes in the stem and leaf bases that wrap around the stem, especially those grown as ground cover rather than for grain.
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(countable) Various plants not in family Poaceae that resemble grasses.
(uncountable) A lawn.
(uncountable, slang) Marijuana.
(countable, slang) An informer, police informer; one who betrays a group (of criminals, etc) to the authorities.
(uncountable, physics) Sharp, closely spaced discontinuities in the trace of a cathode-ray tube, produced by random interference.
(uncountable, slang) Noise on an A-scope or similar type of radar display.
The season of fresh grass; spring.
(obsolete, figurative) That which is transitory.
* Bible Is. xl. 7
- two years old next grass
- Surely the people is grass .
* ''Gramineae (alternative name)
* grass widow
To lay out on the grass; to knock down (an opponent etc.).
* 1893 , Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Naval Treaty’, Norton 2005, p.709:
(transitive, or, intransitive, slang) To act as a grass or informer, to betray; to report on (criminals etc) to the authorities.
To cover with grass or with turf.
To expose, as flax, on the grass for bleaching, etc.
To bring to the grass or ground; to land.
- He flew at me with his knife, and I had to grass him twice, and got a cut over the knuckles, before I had the upper hand of him.
- to grass a fish
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.