(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
Any member of the genus of tall perennial grasses, the bahiagrasses or (Dallis grass)es.
*1985 , (Peter Carey), Illywhacker , Faber and Faber 2003, p. 249:
*:We returned to the crossing, passing slowly through the high rusty stands of dock weeds and the fleshy beds of dense paspalum .