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 But bison do more for the prairie than just cut the grass. Mark Tutton, CNN, "Why bringing back bison could help restore America's lost prairie," 25 Nov. 2019 As Carlton Reid—author of Roads Were Not Built for Cars—points out, the fight for bicyclists’ rights was a genuinely grass-roots movement. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "What the Fight Over Scooters Has in Common With the 19th-Century Battle Over Bicycles," 21 Nov. 2019 Arnason, attending Reykjavik Junior College, had a job cutting grass in a cemetery, and was let out early to watch Iceland play Nigeria in a pivotal game. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Dom Amore: Sigfus Arnason’s journey leads from Conard High to Iceland to Yale — and the NCAA men’s soccer tournament," 18 Nov. 2019 And on Monday, his health secretary was set to met with hundreds of grass-roots activists. Priyanka Dayal Mccluskey — Boston Globe, STAT, "Mass. governor — and one-time insurance executive — eyes a legacy-defining revamp of state’s health care," 13 Nov. 2019 Their first suggestion was to stop cutting the grass in the 20 feet next to the stream. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster Council looks into environmental issues, zoning mistake," 4 Nov. 2019 She was overwhelmingly elected in May, winning every ward in Chicago, after a strong, grass-roots campaign. A.r. | Chicago, The Economist, "How long will the mayor of Chicago stand up to the teachers’ union?," 23 Oct. 2019 Before Tuesday, the group’s efforts – concentrated on grass-roots organizing and online advertising – were focused on persuading Democrats to launch the impeachment process. Mike Debonis, The Denver Post, "Pro-impeachment group to spend $3.1 million targeting Senate Republicans," 1 Oct. 2019 Cut their grass, offer to help carry in their groceries, etc. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Veteran rubbed the wrong way by the expression: ‘Thank you for your service’," 22 Sep. 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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The first known use of grass was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

14 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Grass.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grassless. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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