graze


1graze

verb \ˈgrāz\
grazedgraz·ing

Definition of GRAZE

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
b :  to put cattle to graze on
3
:  to supply herbage for the grazing of
graze·able or graz·able \ˈgrā-zə-bəl\ adjective
graz·er noun

Origin of GRAZE

Middle English grasen, from Old English grasian, from græs grass
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

2graze

noun

Definition of GRAZE

1
:  an act of grazing
2
:  herbage for grazing

First Known Use of GRAZE

1857

3graze

verb
grazedgraz·ing

Definition of GRAZE

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

Origin of GRAZE

perhaps from 1graze
First Known Use: 1604

4graze

noun

Definition of GRAZE

:  a scraping along a surface or an abrasion made by it; especially :  a superficial abrasion of the skin

First Known Use of GRAZE

1847

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