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

As Gurley sat on the grass after diving into the corner of the end zone, he was given the sort of heartfelt reception usually reserved for a garbage-time basket by the last kid on the bench. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Todd Gurley’s new normal is a reduced workload. Should Rams fans be concerned?," 15 Sep. 2019 Kate and her kids munched on food packed in lunchboxes with the trunk popped open and the royal mom taking a seat on the grass. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton 'Desperately Wants Normality for Her Kids': 'She Wants to Emulate Her Upbringing'," 12 Sep. 2019 Dozens of signs were displayed on the grass while others sat on a trailer. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Lakewood Community Festival draws big crowd to Madison Park," 9 Sep. 2019 But she then was forced to miss nearly all the clay-court season and miss all the grass-court season with a torn rotator cuff. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Bianca Andreescu Wins the U.S. Open, Defeating Serena Williams," 7 Sep. 2019 Lily’s mom, Christina Drowne, watched her other two children from a beach blanket spread on the grass. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Beating The Heat At Owen Bell Splash Pad," 7 Aug. 2019 All three of their grass-court meetings have come at Wimbledon, with Federer winning a semifinal in 2012, and Djokovic beating him in the 2014 and ’15 finals. Sam Farmer, latimes.com, "Wimbledon: Roger Federer again faces test of time and Novak Djokovic," 13 July 2019 And Halep, perhaps the women’s game’s finest defender, is no one’s idea of a grass-court player. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "On a Day at Wimbledon When Serena Williams Didn’t Have It, Simona Halep Had It All," 13 July 2019 The other semifinal pits former London resident Elina Svitolina -- her own semifinal drought at grand slams is now a thing of the past -- against Simona Halep in a battle of speedy baseliners who seem to have overcome their grass-court foibles. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Serena Williams all 'business' ahead of Wimbledon semifinals," 10 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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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) \

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