graze
I. verb (grazed; grazing) Etymology: Middle English grasen, from Old English grasian, from græs grass Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to feed on growing herbage, attached algae, or phytoplankton 2. to eat small portions of food throughout the day transitive verb 1. a. to crop and eat in the field b. to feed on the herbage of 2. a. to put to graze <
grazed the cows on the meadow
>
b. to put cattle to graze on 3. to supply herbage for the grazing of • grazeable or grazable adjectivegrazer noun II. noun Date: 1857 1. an act of grazing 2. herbage for grazing III. verb (grazed; grazing) Etymology: perhaps from 1graze Date: 1604 transitive verb 1. to touch lightly in passing 2. abrade, scratch <
grazed her knee when she fell
>
intransitive verb to touch or rub against something in passing IV. noun Date: 1847 a scraping along a surface or an abrasion made by it; especially a superficial abrasion of the skin

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  • Graze — Graze, v. i. 1. To eat grass; to feed on growing herbage; as, cattle graze on the meadows. [1913 Webster] 2. To yield grass for grazing. [1913 Webster] The ground continueth the wet, whereby it will never graze to purpose. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Graze — (gr[=a]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Grazed} (gr[=a]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Grazing}.] [OE. grasen, AS. grasian, fr. gr[ae]s grass. See {Grass}.] 1. To feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc.) with grass; to furnish pasture for. [1913 Webster] A field or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Graze — Graze, n. 1. The act of grazing; the cropping of grass. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Turning him out for a graze on the common. T. Hughes. [1913 Webster] 2. A light touch; a slight scratch. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • graze — Ⅰ. graze [1] ► VERB 1) (of cattle, sheep, etc.) eat grass in a field. 2) informal eat frequent snacks at irregular intervals. DERIVATIVES grazer noun. ORIGIN Old English, related to GRASS(Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • graze — vb pasture, *feed, nourish graze vb *brush, glance, shave, skim Analogous words: touch, contact (see corresponding nouns at CONTACT): injure, hurt, harm: *deface, disfigure: wound, bruise, contuse (see corresponding nouns at WOUND) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • graze — graze·able; graze; …   English syllables

  • graze — [v1] touch abrade, brush, carom, chafe, glance off, kiss*, ricochet, rub, scrape, scratch, shave*, skim, skip; concept 612 Ant. manhandle graze [v2] feed on bite, browse, champ, crop, crunch, eat, forage, gnaw, masticate, munch, nibble, pasture,… …   New thesaurus

  • graze — index contact (touch) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • grąžė — sf. žr. grąža 3: Ar sodinsime bulves grąžėse? Nj …   Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language

  • graze — graze1 [grāz] vt. grazed, grazing [ME grasen < OE grasian < base of græs, gærs, GRASS] 1. to feed on (growing grass, herbage, a pasture, etc.) 2. to put livestock to feed on (growing grass, herbage, etc.) 3. to tend (feeding livestock) …   English World dictionary

  • graze — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ minor, slight, small VERB + GRAZE ▪ have, suffer ▪ She suffered only minor grazes in the crash …   Collocations dictionary

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