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 Before the game, several Spartans got into a minor confrontation with former Michigan linebacker Devin Bush Jr., who was later seen tearing up the grass at midfield following the encounter. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football hosting a depleted, dejected Michigan State: 3 things to watch," 11 Nov. 2019 Mannik saw the white coating of frost turn clear and wet on the full heads of seed cresting the dying grass. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘Shadowed Times,’ stories of an earlier — but not simpler — time," 9 Nov. 2019 Clouds linger, and the grass hums with the sound of thousands of mosquitos’ wings, batting against the weight of the air. Kiley Bense, Longreads, "Whose Boots on the Ground," 7 Nov. 2019 Another noted how just a few days ago there was snow covering the grass where the blue police lights now danced over. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Woman, 26, killed while sitting in car in LeClaire Courts shooting," 5 Nov. 2019 The lions exert dominance, the gazelles leap, the birds flutter and the grasses blow in the breeze. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "'The Lion King' roars into Louisville with stunning costumes and vibrant choreography," 2 Nov. 2019 From Weiss Lake, guide Mark Collins reports good bass action on flats, points and humps as well as around the grass on Rat-L-Traps. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: What’s hooking fish on Alabama lakes?," 1 Nov. 2019 As blue smoke rose, so did flames, which consumed the dry grass and started the Sawmill Fire. Katie Akin, USA TODAY, "In search of a share-worthy moment, gender reveal parties can become dangerous," 28 Oct. 2019 Bosa celebrated with a headfirst slide across the grass. oregonlive, "Watch: San Francisco 49ers’ ‘Slip-and-Slide’ celebration irks Washington," 22 Oct. 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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16 Nov 2019

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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