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

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 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 Mothers hide their fawns in tall grass the first month after they’re born to protect them from predators. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "White-tailed deer: These icons of Texas roam most of the U.S.," 12 Jan. 2021 My little dog Rose, now ten years gone, came out to meet me, running giant circles of exuberance in the soft grass. Ann Patchett, Harper's Magazine, "These Precious Days," 5 Jan. 2021 Working with local landscape architect Dawid Klopper, the couple removed most of the non-native foliage and replaced it with indigenous plants more typical of South Africa’s veld, or grassland, like aloes and red grass. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "In Johannesburg, a Space-Age Bungalow With Killer Views Is Reborn," 5 Jan. 2021 One morning in November, Bruchez drove his tractor across a field beside the river, where brown grass protruded through patches of snow. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "Climate's toll on the Colorado River: 'We can weather maybe a couple of years'," 1 Jan. 2021 There are also multiple covered terrace spaces and extensive open grass areas for large gatherings or sports. Robyn A. Friedman, sun-sentinel.com, "Coral Gables estate features canopy from 88 oak trees," 31 Dec. 2020 Two officers responding to a 911 call went to the scene, driving their patrol car onto the grass. Washington Post, "No federal charges to be filed in police killing of Tamir Rice," 30 Dec. 2020 It was transformed in May with about 30 8-foot-diameter white circles spray-painted on the artificial grass, delineating space for social distance. Sam Lubell, Los Angeles Times, "14 clever COVID-19 design solutions from around the world," 29 Dec. 2020 The winds will combine with very dry air in places to create an elevated grass fire danger across the west. Dallas News, "Sunny, windy and cool Christmas Eve," 24 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Coronavirus Has Exposed Britain’s Snitches and Police Tyrants," 8 Apr. 2020 More of the area around the platform has been grassed, adding even more seating and picnicking areas. John Davis, azcentral, "End of the 'stampede' and other upgrades to greet patrons at Waste Management Phoenix Open," 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, "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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The first known use of grass was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Grass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grass. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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grass

noun
How to pronounce Grass (audio)

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) \

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