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

Behind a wire fence a huge, silver dome, more than a quarter-mile in circumference, rose from the grass like a giant flying saucer. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 Charlotte sat sweetly on her mother’s lap and had Kate laughing when the little princess attempted a headstand on the grass like her older cousins. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Casual Kate! This Is What Kate Middleton Wears When the Tiara Comes Off," 11 June 2018 Photography by Aurélien Aumond In a series of photographs by French lensman Aurélien Aumond, strange, futuristic buildings appear to sprout up from an expanse of grass, like relics of a past-future era. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Futuroscope is the wicked-cool theme park you’ve never heard of," 30 May 2018 But the muddy sort of shell holes are gone; the shell holes are all covered in grass now. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Peter Jackson’s team made World War I footage look new," 15 Dec. 2018 In addition to the fake grass, DowDuPont showed fireproof outfits and a Kevlar motorcycle body. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "U.S.-China Trade Tensions on Display at Shanghai Expo," 7 Nov. 2018 In the 9-second video, which was first posted to Instagram and later went viral on Twitter, a girl can be seen laying with her face down in the grass. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Viral Video Shows Coral Springs Police Officers Hitting 14-Year-Old Girl They Claim Was “Resisting Arrest”," 21 Oct. 2018 But Velasquez fell to the grass and writhed in pain before leaving the field with his arm being cradled by head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies pull out gutsy victory over Nationals to mark midpoint of the season," 30 June 2018 After momentarily celebrating their win, South Korean players dropped to the grass, several of them shedding tears, apparently after learning that Mexico lost. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "South Koreans express pride, heartbreak after Germany win," 28 June 2018

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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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