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 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 On the narrow Brickyard track, Johnson was getting squeezed out and spun into the grass before sliding up the track and into the outside wall. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Devastating crash keeps Jimmie Johnson out of NASCAR's playoffs for the first time in his career," 8 Sep. 2019 Fires that are burning through grasses or agricultural fields will pass quickly and do not produce as much energy. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "‘A little bit of everything is burning.’: A NASA scientist dissects Amazon fires," 30 Aug. 2019 Neasby reportedly got back into the car and tried to run the other man over twice, with the man needing to jump out of the way into some grass the second time. Mitchell Byars, The Denver Post, "Driver arrested after reportedly trying to drunkenly run down man in Longmont lot," 26 Aug. 2019 And just around 27 percent of the cats were reported to frequently vomit after eating grass or plants. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Think They Know Why Cats Eat Grass," 12 Aug. 2019 People should not throw cigarettes into any kind of vegetation, such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grass or leaves. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Golf Fire in Lake County sparked by discarded cigarette," 10 Aug. 2019 The craft then missed the runway at Aarhus Airport, plowing into the grass alongside it. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Pink's Management Team Unhurt After Plane Crash Lands and Bursts into Flames in Denmark: Reports," 6 Aug. 2019 Park ended with another bogey-6 at the 18th, playing her approach into flower beds beside the green, and hacking out across the putting surface into more thick grass. Graham Dunbar, BostonGlobe.com, "Jin Young Ko captures her second major of the year at Evian," 30 July 2019 Place the receptacle on the grass or garden bed under the spray while your sprinkler is turned on all the way. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Watering the garden: Sprinklers, soaker hoses and tuna cans," 30 July 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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Time Traveler for grass

The first known use of grass was before the 12th century

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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) \

Medical Definition of grass

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