As nouns the difference between graze and hopple
is that graze
is the act of grazing; a scratching or injuring lightly on passing while hopple
is (chiefly|in the plural) a fetter for horses or cattle when turned out to graze.
As verbs the difference between graze and hopple
is that graze
is to feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc) with grass; to furnish pasture for while hopple
is to impede by a hopple; to tie the feet of (a horse or a cow) loosely together; to hobble.
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.
(chiefly, in the plural) A fetter for horses or cattle when turned out to graze.
To impede by a hopple; to tie the feet of (a horse or a cow) loosely together; to hobble.
(figurative) To entangle; to hamper.