American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The grass family.
- n. The members of the grass family considered as a group.
- n. Any of various plants having slender leaves characteristic of the grass family.
- n. An expanse of ground, such as a lawn, covered with grass or similar plants.
- n. Grazing land; pasture.
- n. Slang Marijuana.
- n. Electronics Small variations in amplitude of an oscilloscope display caused by electrical noise.
- v. To cover with grass.
- v. To grow grass on.
- v. To feed (livestock) with grass.
- v. To become covered with grass.
- v. To graze.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In general, herbage; the plants on which cattle and other beasts feed or pasture; the verdurous covering of the soil. In popular use the name is applied to a great variety of plants which are in no way related to grasses technically so called. See def. 2.
- n. Specifically In botany, any plant of the order Gramineœ (which see).
- n. plural Stalks or sprays of grass: as, the fireplace was filled with dried grasses.
- n. Asparagus.
- n. In mining, the surface of the ground at the mine.
- n. In turf parlance, the time of new verdure; spring or summer: as, the colt will be three this grass.
- n. See to take heart of grace, under grace.
- n. The Eleusine Indica. See Eleusine.
- n. Bermuda grass, Cynodon Dactylon.
- n. In Queensland, the Chloris divaricata.
- n. To go into retirement; rusticate: commonly used in the imperative, with the contemptuous force of “Get out!'
- n. To die; go to the grave.
- n. To fall violently; be knocked down, as a pugilist in the ring: as, he tripped and went to grass.
- n. In mining, to the surface: as, send the ore to grass.
- To cover with grass or with turf; furnish with grass: as, to grass a lawn.
- To throw on or bring down to the grass or ground, as a bird shot on the wing, or a fish caught from the water.
- To lose in the grass.
- To feed with growing grass; pasture.
- To breed grass; be covered with grass.
- n. In printing, temporary employment.
- n. The esparto, Stipa tenacissima.
- n. See blear-grass, 2.
- n. In the northwesern United States, Xerophyllum tenax. Its very slender and tough leaves, 2 or 3 feet long, were used by the Indians in making water-tight baskets. This is the bear-grass of Lewis and Clark. Also called squaw-grass and squaw-lily, and, in Idaho, pine-lily. See Xerophyllum.
- n. Same as Texas millet.
- n. The freshwater cord-grass, Spartina cynosuroides
- n. The wire-grass or yard-grass, Eleusine Indica.
- n. See St. Augustine grass.
- n. A brown-sedge a foot or two high, Andropogon scoparius, valued for grazing in the mountains of the southern United States. In the West (where it is called little blue-stem) it is less valued than the former for hay.
- n. Same as guinea-grass.
- In printing, to discharge (a workman).
- In printing, to seek or give temporary employment.
- n. countable, uncountable Any plant of the family Poaceae, characterized by leaves that arise from nodes in the stem, wrap around it for a distance, and leave, especially those grown as ground cover rather than for grain.
- n. uncountable A lawn.
- n. uncountable, slang Marijuana.
- n. countable, slang An informer, police informer; one who betrays a group (of criminals, etc) to the authorities.
- n. uncountable, physics Sharp, closely spaced discontinuities in the trace of a cathode-ray tube, produced by random interference.
- n. uncountable, slang Noise on an A-scope or similar type of radar display.
- v. transitive To lay out on the grass; to knock down (an opponent etc.).
- v. transitive or intransitive, slang To act as a grass or informer, to betray; to report on (criminals etc) to the authorities.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute the food of cattle and other beasts; pasture.
- n. (Bot.) An endogenous plant having simple leaves, a stem generally jointed and tubular, the husks or glumes in pairs, and the seed single.
- n. colloq. The season of fresh grass; spring.
- n. Metaphorically used for what is transitory.
- n. Slang Marijuana.
- v. To cover with grass or with turf.
- v. To expose, as flax, on the grass for bleaching, etc.
- v. colloq. To bring to the grass or ground; to land.
- v. rare To produce grass.
- n. narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay
- n. street names for marijuana
- n. a police informer who implicates many people
- v. feed with grass
- v. cover with grass
- v. shoot down, of birds
- n. bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattle
- v. spread out clothes on the grass to let it dry and bleach
- n. German writer of novels and poetry and plays (born 1927)
- v. give away information about somebody
- v. cover with grass
- From Middle English gras, gres, gers, from Old English græs, gærs ("grass, blade of grass, herb, young corn, hay, plant; pasture"), from Proto-Germanic *grasan (“grass”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰreh₁- (“to grow”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English gras, from Old English græs; see ghrē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“LILY _gathering flowers and grass among the grass_.”
“This year's awardees included a handful of well-known groups and dozens that truly embody the term grass roots.”
“Several nights ago I heard a politician use the term grass roots, and it suddenly struck me, a retired high school English teacher, that I was ignorant of its derivation, even though I did know the expression denoted people and places "far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife.”
“He vowed to shut failing charter schools, and pushed back against what he predicted would be "reflexive partisanship" to a push for charters, which he described as a grass-roots, statewide movement.”
“Does anyone know if & where Zoysia grass is available here in Mexico?”
“You go into that ballpark, and the grass is the best in baseball.”
“I guess the grass is always greener on someone elses battlefields.”
“When it comes to beauty routines, the grass is always greener.”
“I guess the grass is always greener on the other side.”
“But I guess the grass is always greener until you start eating it”
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