(redirected from Grazers)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈgreɪ zər)
1. an animal that grazes.
2. Informal. a person who engages in grazing.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
To help damaged plants recover, Grazer G1 is a pet-friendly growth stimulant, from
Speaking during Mashujaa Day celebrations in Taveta, Samboja said the county government will not allow private landowners to enter into agreements with the grazers.
Tanentzap began wondering about spit from bigger grazers when he read a 2002 study on a different aspect of moose saliva: its power to encourage half-eaten twigs to branch as they regrow into another tender meal.
A Try Grazers spray, which protects from pigeons, deer, rabbits and geese.
In this paper we describe an experiment in which we measured net growth of a common macroalga, Ulva lactuca, in treatments that allowed different numbers of grazers to access fronds as well as incubation of fronds in estuaries with demonstrably different nutrient supplies.
Sir, - If it is 'well-documented' that people who work in Birmingham are not 'grazers' (Post, May 13) then why did INK owner Dipak Patel - presumably a savvy businessman - decide to open here in the first place?
He can cite a slew of scientific studies countering the claims of restorative grazers. "The benefits are real only if you take a limited view of biodiversity that counts the number of species without taking into account whether they're native," Wuerthner says.
"They are likely to be unwilling to remove grazers unless the land is so badly degraded that it is of no worth to them."
Since most perennial grasses have coevolved with large herbivores, their growth points are at ground level, below the normal bite level of grazers. If these grasses are not grazed, they face early death due to the buildup of nondecaying, slowly oxidizing leaves and stems.
This is partly because the induced plant defenses against grazers are a relatively recent discovery, partly because plant pathologists have more readily embraced molecular tools, and partly because ecologists haven't paid attention to plant pathology.
Portions of algae were blotted dry (100-200 mg), weighed, and placed in replicate 100mL plastic cups with monospecific groups of grazers; an equal number of replicate cups received al gal portions but no grazers (controls) and were used to calculate endogenous changes in algal mass unrelated to grazing.
Subpopulations of two grazers, snails and anuran tadpoles, may frequently encounter this precondition for competition.