grazing


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graze 1

 (grāz)
v. grazed, graz·ing, graz·es
v.intr.
1. To feed on growing grasses and herbage.
2. Informal
a. To eat a variety of appetizers as a full meal.
b. To eat snacks throughout the day in place of full meals.
v.tr.
1. To feed on (herbage) in a field or on pastureland.
2. To feed on the herbage of (a piece of land).
3. To afford herbage for the feeding of: This field will graze 30 head of cattle.
4. To put (livestock) out to feed.
5. To tend (feeding livestock) in a pasture.

[Middle English grasen, from Old English grasian, from græs, grass; see ghrē- in Indo-European roots.]

graze′a·ble, graz′a·ble adj.
graz′er n.

graze 2

 (grāz)
v. grazed, graz·ing, graz·es
v.tr.
1. To touch lightly in passing; brush. See Synonyms at brush1.
2. To scrape or scratch slightly; abrade.
v.intr.
To scrape or touch something lightly in passing.
n.
1. The act of brushing or scraping along a surface.
2. A minor scratch or abrasion.

[Perhaps from graze.]

grazing

(ˈɡreɪzɪŋ)
n
1. (Agriculture) the vegetation on pastures that is available for livestock to feed upon
2. (Agriculture) the land on which this is growing

graz•ing

(ˈgreɪ zɪŋ)

n.
1. pastureland; a pasture.
2. Informal. the act of eating snacks instead of regular meals, or of sampling small portions of a variety of foods.
3. Informal. the practice of switching television channels frequently to watch several programs.
[1400–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grazing - the act of grazinggrazing - the act of grazing      
eating, feeding - the act of consuming food
2.grazing - the act of brushing against while passing
touching, touch - the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"
Translations

grazing

[ˈgreɪzɪŋ] N
1. (= land) → pasto m
2. (= act) → pastoreo m

grazing

[ˈgreɪzɪŋ] n (= pasture) → pâturage m

grazing

nWeideland nt; this land offers good grazingdies ist gutes Weideland; grazing landWeideland nt; grazing rightsWeiderechte pl

grazing

[ˈgreɪzɪŋ] npascolo
References in classic literature ?
When they had gone along in silence for a long way they stopped at the edge of a field where a flock of sheep were grazing.
He took us down to see his chickens, and his cow that was grazing on the hillside.
Some cattle were grazing off in the distance in spots where the grass was tall and luscious.
I used to sit for hours in my glass cage, watching the long, narrow rafts slip along through the central channel, grazing the right-bank dike and aiming carefully for the middle arch of the stone bridge below; I watched them in this way, and lost all this time hoping to see one of them hit the bridge-pier and wreck itself sometime or other, but was always disappointed.
If it had lasted any longer, I think I must have gone down on my knees on the gravel, with the probability before me of grazing them, and of being presently ejected from the premises besides.
No more low wet grounds, no more dykes and sluices, no more of these grazing cattle - though they seemed, in their dull manner, to wear a more respectful air now, and to face round, in order that they might stare as long as possible at the possessor of such great expectations - farewell, monotonous acquaintances of my childhood, henceforth I was for London and greatness: not for smith's work in general and for you
All over the plain, cattle and buffaloes were grazing, and when the little boys in charge of the herds saw Mowgli they shouted and ran away, and the yellow pariah dogs that hang about every Indian village barked.
Presently I reached a great plain where a grazing horse was tethered, and as I stood looking at it I heard voices talking apparently underground, and in a moment a man appeared who asked me how I came upon the island.
A short time after this, when he was going early one morning to the usual grazing place with his horses, he noticed a flock of birds assembled together making a great noise and flying wildly backwards and forwards.
His Welsh ponies and Swiss cattle were grazing on the May grass, and the men were busy with the ploughs and harrows and seeders.
Now at a little rise in the wood a herd of deer came grazing by, distant full fivescore yards.
A great forepaw caught him a glancing blow at the hips--just grazing him.