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grass

noun, often attributive \ ˈgras \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of grass

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
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[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

grassless

play \ˈgras-ləs\ adjective

grasslike

play \ˈgras-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of grass in a Sentence

  1. They were smoking some grass.

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Origin and Etymology of grass

Middle English gras, from Old English græs; akin to Old High German gras grass, Old English grōwan to grow


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grass

verb

Definition of grass

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 2 often used with on

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First Known Use of grass

circa 1500


Grass

biographical name \ ˈgräs \

Definition of Grass

Günter Wilhelm 1927–2015 German writer


GRASS Defined for English Language Learners

grass

noun

Definition of grass for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • : a person who gives information to the police about the criminal activity of other people : a police informer


grass

verb

Definition of grass for English Language Learners

  • : to cover (an area) with grass


GRASS Defined for Kids

grass

noun \ ˈgras \

Definition of grass for Students

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

grasslike

\-ˌlīk\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

grass

noun \ ˈgras \

medical Definition of grass



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