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graze 1

v. grazed, graz·ing, graz·es
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.
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

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

[Perhaps from graze.]


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


(ˈgreɪ zɪŋ)

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.
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"


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


[ˈgreɪzɪŋ] n (= pasture) → pâturage m


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


[ˈgreɪzɪŋ] npascolo
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Beyond those considerations, we also shift our grazing pattern from year to year so that we don't graze off the same paddock at the same seasonal time each year.
The CHAID algorithm showed that grazing pattern as the most influencing factor for warble fly prevalence, followed by the district locality.
Timing of herbage allocation in strip grazing: Effects on grazing pattern and performance of beef heifers.
Water infrastructure is a key component of successful CBRLM activities as it includes the grazing of large combined herds according to a grazing pattern, which allows the pasture to recover.
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The future with the dam has been described to those who have been contacted as one of new homes with electricity, new opportunities for irrigated and mechanized agriculture, a diverse economy with reservoir fishing replacing reliance on river fishing, aquaculture replacing capture fishing along the Xe Bang Fai, and intensive livestock raising replacing the traditional extensive grazing pattern.
They can live with sheep, cows or horses in a field and fit well into the grazing pattern," she said.
The diurnal grazing pattern of herbivores involves decisions such as the timing and the frequency of meals and the distribution of grazing periods (GREGORINI, 2012).
He said proposed measures aimed at supporting upland resilience include the introduction of minimum stocking rates to address under-grazing together with more flexibility in the stipulated stocking regimes to better reflect the traditional hill grazing pattern.
Working together with English Nature we have agreed a new grazing pattern that works," said Sam.
In many cases restrictions are based upon highly inaccurate habitat maps which bear little relation to reality, and nobody has bothered to ask the families who have been farming the land for centuries about how their farming practices and grazing patterns may have changed.
It seems nobody bothered to ask the families who have been farming the land for centuries about how their farming practices and grazing patterns may have changed.