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.
An act of rubbing.
A difficulty or problem.
- Give that lamp a good rub and see if any genies come out
- Therein lies the rub .
* , Episode 16
- To die, to sleep—/To sleep—perchance to dream. Ay, there's the rub !/For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,/When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,/Must give us pause
In the game of crown green bowls: any obstacle by which a bowl is diverted from its normal course.
A mixture of spices applied to meat before it is barbecued.
- ...the propriety of the cabman's shelter, as it was called, hardly a stonesthrow away near Butt bridge where they might hit upon some drinkables in the shape of a milk and soda or a mineral. But how to get there was the rub .
To move (one object) while maintaining contact with another object over some area, with pressure and friction.
* , chapter=7
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=“[…] This is Mr. Churchill, who, as you are aware, is good enough to come to us for his diaconate, and, as we hope, for much longer; and being a gentleman of independent means, he declines to take any payment.” Saying this Walden rubbed
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To rub something against (a second thing).
* Sir T. Elyot
To be rubbed against something.
- It shall be expedient, after that body is cleaned, to rub the body with a coarse linen cloth.
To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.
- meat rubbed with spices before barbecuing
(dated) To move or pass with difficulty.
- The smoothed plank, / New rubbed with balm.
To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; often with up'' or ''over .
- to rub up silver
To hinder; to cross; to thwart.
- The whole business of our redemption is to rub over the defaced copy of the creation.
- 'Tis the duke's pleasure, / Whose disposition, all the world well knows, / Will not be rubbed nor stopped.
* rub elbows
* rub in
* rub it in
* rub out
* rub off
* rub shoulders
* rub up
* rub up on