- 1(Of cattle, sheep, etc.) eat grass in a field: cattle graze on the open meadowsMore 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.
- 1.1 [with object] (Of an animal) feed on (grass or grassland): downland areas grazed by sheepMore 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 grassland: shepherds who grazed animals on common landMore 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 frequent snacks at irregular intervals: advertisers should not encourage children to graze on snacks or sweetsMore 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 TV channelsMore example sentences
- Its 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.
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- 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.
Old English grasian, from græs 'grass'.
- 1Scrape and break the surface of the skin of (a part of the body): she fell down and grazed her kneesMore 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.
- 1.1Touch or scrape lightly in passing: his hands just grazed hersMore 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.
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- A slight injury where the skin is scraped: cuts and grazes on the skinMore 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.
late 16th century: perhaps a specific use of graze1.