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Syllabification: graze
Pronunciation: /ɡrāz
 
/

verb

[no object]
1(Of cattle, sheep, etc.) eat grass in a field: cattle graze on the open meadows
More example sentences
  • He also explained that in summer some herders migrate further up the mountain, moving into summer shacks, to let their cattle graze on better and different kinds of plants.
  • This was used in a Talley System which worked like this: Suppose I lent you 5 sheep to graze on your field and cut your grass, I would make a mark for each sheep on a stick.
  • About 46,000 cattle and sheep graze on Dartmoor, already declared a no-go area for walking, horse riding and other recreational uses.
Synonyms
1.1 [with object] (Of an animal) feed on (grass or land covered by grass): llamas graze the tufts of grass
More example sentences
  • Delayed aftergrass will result in calves grazing worminfected pastures for longer.
  • The track then passes over a new bridge made with the reclaimed railway sleepers, and overlooks a field grazed by cows.
  • He's still there, but the island is no longer a monocultural grassland grazed by feral pigs.
1.2 [with object] Put (cattle, sheep, etc.) to feed on land covered by grass: shepherds who grazed animals on common land
More example sentences
  • This does not prevent shepherds from trying to graze their sheep wherever something green can be found inside the town.
  • If you open up the commons for everyone to graze their sheep, one person is going to go get their whole flock.
  • Lloyd began with the idea of a common pasture on which villagers could graze their cattle.
1.3 informal (Of a person) eat small quantities of food at frequent but irregular intervals: advertisers should not encourage children to graze on snacks or sweets
More example sentences
  • If your child seems to graze on snacks all day and claims she's never hungry at mealtimes, designate specific times for meals and snacks and don't allow snacking in between.
  • She will eat breakfast and usually dinner without a problem but for the rest of the day she would rather graze on snacks.
  • So you could graze and drink at will which we did.
1.4 informal , chiefly North American Casually sample something: we grazed up and down the channels
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  • It’s early days, and apparently BT have space for more channels, but it would probably be rather more interesting to show a rolling news channel, which is made for quick grazing.
  • Channels changing, also called channel surfing or grazing, is one of the largest obstacles that television programmers have to overcome to entice and hold audiences.

Origin

Old English grasian, from græs 'grass'.

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  • grass from (Old English):

    The Old English word grass is descended from the same root word as both green and grow (Old English). According to the well-known saying, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, a sentiment echoed in the works of the Roman poet Ovid: ‘The harvest is always more fruitful in another man's fields.’ A woman whose husband is often away for long periods can be referred to as a grass widow. In the early 16th century, though, this was a term for an unmarried woman with a child, probably from the idea of the couple having lain on the grass together instead of in bed. People have been smoking grass, or cannabis, since the 1940s, originally in the USA. The word has meant ‘an informer’, or ‘to inform’ since the decade before that. In this sense it is probably short for grasshopper, rhyming slang for shopper, a person who ‘shops’ someone. Graze (Middle English) is from Old English grasian ‘eat grass’. See also nark

Derivatives

grazer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Weanling calves are select grazers, therefore offer fresh grass daily, intensive rotational grazing will support our target live weight gains, but the pasture needs to be of excellent quality.
  • You wouldn't see them at first, but sabertooth tigers, gigantic short-faced bears, and dire wolves prowl the land, stalking the grazers.
  • Over the last 40 years mixed livestock farming has declined and the predominant animals have become sheep, which are highly selective grazers.

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Syllabification: graze
Pronunciation: /ɡrāz
 
/

verb

[with object]
1Scrape the skin of (a part of the body) so as to break the surface but cause little or no bleeding: she fell down and grazed her knees
More example sentences
  • Thomas had followed his father's gaze and looking down he could see the number of swellings and bruises grazing his body.
  • Or they race around the school yard, covered in a layer of gravel, waiting to fall and graze their knees.
  • I can remember my stomach churning when one of my children would take a risk while playing a game and then fall and graze their knee.
Synonyms
scrape, abrade, skin, scratch, chafe, bark, scuff, rasp;
cut, nick
1.1Touch or scrape lightly in passing: his hands just grazed hers
More example sentences
  • Evan pulled me closer, my forehead lightly grazing his chin.
  • She smiled softly and slipped her arms up around his neck, her lips lightly grazing his neck as she rested her head on his shoulder.
  • Ame was now walking down the staircase, her hands lightly grazing the railing.
Synonyms
touch, brush, shave, skim, kiss, scrape, clip, glance off

noun

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A slight injury where the skin is scraped: it’ll be fine, it’s only a graze
More example sentences
  • Then, Antoine took care of the minor injuries like black eyes, grazes and cuts.
  • He looked perfect, apart from a slight graze at the side of his head.
  • You can put it neat on the skin for things like cuts, grazes, burns and scalds.
Synonyms
Medicine trauma

Origin

late 16th century: perhaps a specific use of graze1.

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  • grass from (Old English):

    The Old English word grass is descended from the same root word as both green and grow (Old English). According to the well-known saying, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, a sentiment echoed in the works of the Roman poet Ovid: ‘The harvest is always more fruitful in another man's fields.’ A woman whose husband is often away for long periods can be referred to as a grass widow. In the early 16th century, though, this was a term for an unmarried woman with a child, probably from the idea of the couple having lain on the grass together instead of in bed. People have been smoking grass, or cannabis, since the 1940s, originally in the USA. The word has meant ‘an informer’, or ‘to inform’ since the decade before that. In this sense it is probably short for grasshopper, rhyming slang for shopper, a person who ‘shops’ someone. Graze (Middle English) is from Old English grasian ‘eat grass’. See also nark

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