grass

noun, often attributive
\ ˈgras How to pronounce grass (audio) \

Definition of grass

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : herbage suitable or used for grazing animals
2 : any of a large family (Gramineae synonym Poaceae) of monocotyledonous mostly herbaceous plants with jointed stems, slender sheathing leaves, and flowers borne in spikelets of bracts
3 : land (such as a lawn or a turf racetrack) covered with growing grass keep off the grass the horse had never won on grass
4 grasses plural : leaves or plants of grass
5 : a state or place of retirement put out to grass
6 [short for grasshopper, rhyming slang for copper] slang, British : a police informer
7 : electronic noise on a radarscope that takes the form of vertical lines resembling lawn grass
8 : marijuana

grass

verb
grassed; grassing; grasses

Definition of grass (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to feed (livestock) on grass sometimes without grain or other concentrates
2 : to cover with grass especially : to seed to grass

intransitive verb

1 : to produce grass
2 slang, British : inform sense 1 often used with on

Grass

biographical name
\ ˈgräs How to pronounce Grass (audio) \

Definition of Grass (Entry 3 of 3)

Günter Wilhelm 1927–2015 German writer

Other Words from grass

Noun

grassless \ ˈgras-​ləs How to pronounce Grass (audio) \ adjective
grasslike \ ˈgras-​ˌlīk How to pronounce Grass (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for grass

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of grass in a Sentence

Noun They were smoking some grass.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And the high-quality meats available are often grass-fed, pasture-raised, and hormone- and antibiotic-free, and the seafood is wild-caught or responsibly sourced. Erica Sweeney, SELF, 4 Jan. 2022 Most of the trees were still in bloom, shedding white petals on grass that was a bright, astonished green. Meghan O’gieblyn, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 On weekends people rented it out for weddings, but on weeknights a group of women brought tilapia and lake perch to fry in open vats for passersby picnicking on the grass. Torrey Peters, Bon Appétit, 4 Jan. 2022 Small fires cropped up here and there in surprising places — on the grass in a median or in a dumpster in the middle of a parking lot — wind gusts caused the fire to jump and spread. CBS News, 31 Dec. 2021 Small fires cropped up here and there in surprising places—on the grass in a median or in a dumpster in the middle of a parking lot—as wind gusts caused the fire to jump and spread. Colleen Slevin, Fortune, 31 Dec. 2021 All Mindful Chef chicken is British free range, all its fish is sustainably sourced and its beef is British from grass-fed heritage breed cattle. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Though the exact number is unclear, reports say grass-fed beef makes up as little as 4%-5% of overall beef production in the country. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Nov. 2021 Letting patches of grass turn brown had a big impact, said Laura Briefer, the utilities director. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Burning mostly shrub and grass less than a mile from Top-of-The-World, the fire as of Tuesday has consumed more than 71,756 acres with no containment, according to InciWeb. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, 7 June 2021 Berea Community Outreach now encompasses a long list of programs, from a food pantry and Dinner to Your Door to grass cutting and snowplowing for seniors and the disabled. cleveland, 4 Jan. 2021 Not wanting to miss out on an opportunity to embarrass themselves in public, many of our overzealous police forces have launched online contact forms so people can grass on their neighbors. Charlie Peters, National Review, 8 Apr. 2020 More of the area around the platform has been grassed, adding even more seating and picnicking areas. John Davis, azcentral, 27 Jan. 2020 Robotic lawn mowers like the Honda Miimo ($2,499); Robomow ($1,299); and Worx Landroid ($999) are to grass what the Roomba and its ilk are to carpet. Maria Carter, Country Living, 19 Apr. 2017 Related stories from Star-Telegram Hamels delivers gem as Rangers sweep Mariners Beyond a wild-card race, Rangers from Venezuela in dire fight for family and country Rangers’ new ballpark won’t look like Minute Maid Park, but will grass grow? Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, 21 Sep. 2017 How long should grass get before your town issues a warning or even a fine? Linda Kinsey, cleveland.com, 21 June 2017 Robotic lawn mowers like the Honda Miimo ($2,499); Robomow ($1,299); and Worx Landroid ($999) are to grass what the Roomba and its ilk are to carpet. Maria Carter, Country Living, 19 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of grass

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for grass

Noun

Middle English gras, from Old English græs; akin to Old High German gras grass, Old English grōwan to grow

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grass

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: plants that have narrow green leaves, that are eaten by cows, sheep, horses, etc., and that are commonly grown on lawns and in gardens
: a particular type of grass

grass

verb

English Language Learners Definition of grass (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (an area) with grass

grass

noun
\ ˈgras How to pronounce grass (audio) \

Kids Definition of grass

1 : any of a large group of green plants with jointed stems, long slender leaves, and stalks of clustered flowers
2 : plants eaten by grazing animals
3 : land (as a lawn) covered with growing grass

Other Words from grass

grasslike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

grass

noun
\ ˈgras How to pronounce grass (audio) \

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