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.
From (etyl) herde, heerde, heorde, from (etyl) hierd, .
A number of domestic animals assembled together under the watch or ownership of a keeper.
* 1768, ,
Any collection of animals gathered or travelling in a company.
* 2007, J. Michael Fay, Ivory Wars: Last Stand in Zakouma , National Geographic (March 2007), 47,
- The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea.
A crowd, a mass of people; now usually pejorative: a rabble.
- Zakouma is the last place on Earth where you can see more than a thousand elephants on the move in a single, compact herd .
- But far more numerous was the herd of such / Who think too little and who talk too much.
- You can never interest the common herd in the abstract question.
To unite or associate in a herd; to feed or run together, or in company.
To associate; to ally one's self with, or place one's self among, a group or company.
- Sheep herd on many hills.
- (rfdate) I’ll herd among his friends, and seem One of the number. Addison.
(etyl) hirde, (hierde), from (etyl) . Cognate with German Hirte, Swedish herde, Danish hyrde.
Someone who keeps a group of domestic animals; a herdsman.
* 2000 , Alasdair Grey, The Book of Prefaces , Bloomsbury 2002, p. 38:
- Any talent which gives a good new thing to others is a miracle, but commentators have thought it extra miraculous that England's first known poet was an illiterate herd .
(Scotland) To act as a herdsman or a shepherd.
To form or put into a herd.
- I heard the herd of cattle being herded home from a long way away.