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

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Other Words from grass

Noun

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

Examples of grass in a Sentence

Noun

They were smoking some grass.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Both teams targeted shoreline grass in the mid-lake area from Gadsden to the South Side Bridge. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Hey anglers, don’t forget flippin’ as spring turns into summer," 12 June 2019 Straw, compost, wood chips, bark dust, fabric or plastic would work if grass clippings aren’t available. oregonlive.com, "Trial gardens show vegetables can be grown without irrigation," 11 June 2019 The White Wing fire began as a brush fire on May 30 and was able to spread quickly through other dry brush and grasses in the area. And, azcentral, "Here's the status of 5 wildfires burning in Arizona right now," 11 June 2019 Duplantis gave chase when Drew Mendoza’s single cleared a leaping Brandt Broussard to land safely in the right field grass, taking the exact angle to cut the ball off and give himself a chance at a play. Luke Johnson, nola.com, "Antoine Duplantis’ LSU ride comes to a close: ‘He’s had a hell of a career.’," 10 June 2019 Researchers reviewed published research, international databases, and museum specimens such as grasses from Madagascar (pictured), tallying up 571 plants species that have gone extinct in the past 250 years. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Twice as many plants have gone extinct than birds, mammals, and amphibians combined," 10 June 2019 From town, head north past 6,684-foot Mount Mitchell—the tallest peak east of the Mississippi—to the Roan Highlands, where the Appalachian Trail crosses a series of treeless peaks covered with native grasses. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 Officers positioned placards over shell casings, in the double digits, that were strewn underneath the car, on the sidewalk’s grass and next to the curb. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Shooter opens fire with semi-automatic weapon, wounding 2 men outside Marquette Park barbershop," 9 June 2019 Flop shots burning the grass? Must be the damned wedge. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: When it is time to say goodbye to your putter," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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
British slang : 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 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) \

Medical Definition of grass

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