American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To feed on growing grasses and herbage.
- v. Informal To eat a variety of appetizers as a full meal.
- v. Informal To eat snacks throughout the day in place of full meals.
- v. To feed on (herbage) in a field or on pastureland.
- v. To feed on the herbage of (a piece of land).
- v. To afford herbage for the feeding of: This field will graze 30 head of cattle.
- v. To put (livestock) out to feed.
- v. To tend (feeding livestock) in a pasture.
- v. To touch lightly in passing; brush. See Synonyms at brush1.
- v. To scrape or scratch slightly; abrade.
- v. To scrape or touch something lightly in passing.
- n. The act of brushing or scraping along a surface.
- n. A minor scratch or abrasion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To eat grass; feed on growing herbage.
- To supply grass.
- To spread and devour, as fire.
- To feed or supply with growing grass; furnish pasture for.
- To feed on; eat growing herbage from.
- To tend while grazing, as cattle.
- n. The act of grazing or feeding on grass.
- To touch or rub lightly in passing; brush lightly the surface of: as, the bullet grazed his cheek; the ship grazed the rocks.
- To abrade; scrape the skin from.
- To act with a slight rubbing or abrading motion; give a light touch in moving or passing.
- n. The act of grazing or slightly abrading; a slight stroke or scratch in passing.
- n. In gunnery, the point where a shot strikes the ground or water and rebounds.
- n. The act of grazing; a scratching or injuring lightly on passing.
- n. A light abrasion; a slight scratch.
- v. transitive To feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc.) with grass; to furnish pasture for.
- v. intransitive To feed on; to eat (growing herbage); to eat grass from (a pasture); to browse.
- v. transitive To tend (cattle, etc.) while grazing.
- v. transitive To rub or touch lightly the surface of (a thing) in passing.
- v. transitive To cause a slight wound to; to scratch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc.) with grass; to furnish pasture for.
- v. To feed on; to eat (growing herbage); to eat grass from (a pasture); to browse.
- v. To tend (cattle, etc.) while grazing.
- v. To rub or touch lightly the surface of (a thing) in passing.
- v. To eat grass; to feed on growing herbage.
- v. To yield grass for grazing.
- v. To touch something lightly in passing.
- n. colloq. The act of grazing; the cropping of grass.
- n. A light touch; a slight scratch.
- v. feed as in a meadow or pasture
- n. a superficial abrasion
- v. let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
- v. break the skin (of a body part) by scraping
- n. the act of grazing
- v. scrape gently
- v. eat lightly, try different dishes
- From O.E. grasian - "to feed on grass", from Proto-Germanic *grasan. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English grasen, from Old English grasian, from græs, grass; see ghrē- in Indo-European roots.Perhaps from graze1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Could neither graze nor pierce] [T: of change] To _graze_ is not merely to touch superficially, but to strike not directly, not so as to bury the body of the thing striking in the matter struck.”
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