grass

noun, often attributive
\ˈgras \

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 \

Definition of Grass (Entry 3 of 3)

Günter Wilhelm 1927–2015 German writer

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Other Words from grass

Noun

grassless \ˈgras-​ləs \ adjective
grasslike \ˈgras-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of grass in a Sentence

Noun

They were smoking some grass.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Personal items were strewn everywhere — a baby blanket, a life jacket, mattresses, lawn mowers, a fridge, a kitchen sink lying on the grass and even a love seat wrapped around a telephone pole. Fox News, "Canada's capital reeling after tornado hammers communities," 22 Sep. 2018 That might sound as dry as a middle school science class, but Ignotofsky enlivens the concepts by illustrating them, showing how carbon moves through a sheep snacking on grass, pooping on the ground, and exhaling into the air. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Get a grip on the natural world with this beautiful manual for the planet," 15 Sep. 2018 Inside the pages of the fashion tome, the Beckham children let loose in style, squirting each other with water guns as their parents lounge on the grass. Lily Rose, Allure, "Victoria Beckham Poses With David and All Four Kids for British Vogue Cover," 4 Sep. 2018 And two: Meghan Markle makes walking on grass in heels look devastatingly easy. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Wore a Denim Carolina Herrera Dress to Her Latest Royal Engagement," 26 July 2018 Kerber would bend real low, even putting a knee right on the grass to get a ball back. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Angelique Kerber outplays Serena Williams, wins her first Wimbledon title," 14 July 2018 When Isner’s final forehand sailed wide, Anderson could have been excused for doing cartwheels or at the very least multiple fist pumps on the grass. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Wimbledon: After Many, Many Hours, Kevin Anderson Beats John Isner in the Semifinals," 13 July 2018 Some girls did cartwheels on the grass while a couple of people danced. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: Tia Richardson's newest mural is one neighborhood's vision of better things to come," 5 July 2018 Robert and Kristy Dixon sit on the grass in the shade waiting for the ceremonies to begin. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "Has DeShields raced his way into Rangers’ 2018 lineup?," 21 Sep. 2017 How long should grass get before your town issues a warning or even a fine? Linda Kinsey, cleveland.com, "How should your community handle homeowners whose lawns are overgrown? Share your comments," 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, "The Roomba for Lawns Is a Yard Work Game-Changer," 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

: a person who gives information to the police about the criminal activity of other people : a police informer

grass

verb

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

: to cover (an area) with grass

grass

noun
\ˈgras \

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 \

Medical Definition of grass 

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