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

Some times that went on for 15 hours, with Dixon finding solace drawing the colors of the grass against the brilliantly white sand and blue sky . Tim Dahlberg, The Seattle Times, "The Masters drawing that helped free a man from prison," 13 Apr. 2019 Each of the terraces have a concrete patio and a sizable patch of grass that homeowners can use as a personal yard. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern apartment building twists for enviable green space," 22 Oct. 2018 The tarp is a temporary cap that will soon get more sand and grass atop it. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mount Trashmore, the landfill that's over 20 stories, will grow bigger and taller," 13 July 2018 The apartments were torn down, though, years ago, leaving an empty grass field and unused parking lots. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Remember the old state fairgrounds? It’s Sacramento’s newest urban housing hot spot," 12 July 2018 That said, Paula Hian’s spring 2018 is all about saturated pastels — blush pink, lemony yellow, and grass green — A-line dresses in shrunken jackets with matching midi-skirts. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Welcome to Paula Hian's King of Prussia pop-up | Elizabeth Wellington," 12 July 2018 To comfortably sit cross-legged on the grass in your skirt, wear Spanx or boy shorts underneath. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "These Coachella Outfit Ideas Are So Good, You'll Be Watching the Likes Roll In," 7 Mar. 2019 The American women have been outspoken about playing on artificial turf, which can scrape skin when players slide or fall, while men’s World Cup matches have been played on grass. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Draws Favorable World Cup Group," 8 Dec. 2018 That resulted in an explosion of flying weeds, grass and mud, all of which got me right in the face. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Another Reason Why You Should Always Wear Safety Glasses," 13 Mar. 2019

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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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