green·​sward | \ ˈgrēn-ˌswȯrd How to pronounce greensward (audio) \

Definition of greensward

: turf that is green with growing grass

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Much of the year its greensward is taken up with cricketers and soccer players; on this chilly day there was only a skittish flock of gulls. Russell Shorto, New York Times, "In the Hudson Valley, a Drive Back in Time," 17 June 2019 But the climactic sequence of Midsommar features one of the last surviving Americans running stark naked across the noonday greensward with nobody obviously chasing him. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Midsommar Casts a Transfixing Scandinavian Spell," 25 July 2019 There’s nothing like it in the city — a lush greensward nearly four blocks long, with benches, 600 trees and 16,000 plants, everything from a tiny redwood grove to a touch of lavender. Carl Nolte,, "Hey old San Francisco, meet new San Francisco: the East Cut and Thrive City," 13 July 2019 Reseeding required that the greensward be temporarily fenced off, and Ms. Rogers described the delicate negotiations that were required to keep such areas off limits to a public that had grown accustomed to roaming the park at will. Witold Rybczynski, WSJ, "‘Saving Central Park’ Review: Brought Back to Life," 10 May 2018 But when Harbor Point is finished, there will be more than 9 acres of parkland, including a large greensward at the harbor edge. Jacques Kelly,, "Jacques Kelly: Bridging to past with an ambitious future at Harbor Point," 7 Apr. 2018 There is the matter of the FDR Drive, which is separated from the home by only a slim greensward and an 8 foot wall. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "65 Rms, Riv Vu," 4 Oct. 2013 Work crews were taking down construction fences this week around the new Eager Park, a three-block-long, 5.5-acre greensward that officially opens Saturday. Jacques Kelly,, "In East Baltimore, a once-barren neighborhood starts to bloom," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of greensward

circa 1522, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of greensward

old-fashioned + literary : an area of ground that is covered with green grass

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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