from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Grass or other vegetation eaten as food by grazing animals.
  • n. Ground on which such vegetation grows, especially that which is set aside for use by domestic grazing animals.
  • n. The feeding or grazing of animals.
  • transitive v. To herd (animals) into a pasture to graze.
  • transitive v. To provide (animals) with pasturage. Used of land.
  • transitive v. To graze on (land or vegetation).
  • transitive v. To use (land) as pasture.
  • intransitive v. To graze in a pasture.
  • idiom put out to pasture To herd (grazing animals) into pasturable land.
  • idiom put out to pasture Informal To retire or compel to retire from work or a full workload.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. land on which cattle can be kept for feeding.
  • n. Ground covered with grass or herbage, used or suitable for the grazing of livestock.
  • n. Food, nourishment.
  • v. To move animals into a pasture to graze.
  • v. To graze.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Food; nourishment.
  • n. Specifically: Grass growing for the food of cattle; the food of cattle taken by grazing.
  • n. Grass land for cattle, horses, etc.; pasturage.
  • intransitive v. To feed on growing grass; to graze.
  • transitive v. To feed, esp. to feed on growing grass; to supply grass as food for

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To feed by grazing; supply or afford pasture or nourishment to: as, the land will pasture fifty oxen; the cattle were pastured on the hillside or in the meadow.
  • To graze; take food by eating growing herbage from the ground.
  • n. Food; nourishment; fare.
  • n. Grass for the food of cattle or other animals; the food of cattle taken by grazing.
  • n. Ground covered with grass appropriated for the grazing of cattle or other animals.
  • n. In the fisheries, one of the compartments of a deep-water weir, which corresponds to what is termed the big pond in the shoal-water weir; that part of the weir which the fish first enter, being directed by the leader. See deep-water weir, under weir.
  • n. A rocky shore where codfish resort to spawn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. feed as in a meadow or pasture
  • v. let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
  • n. bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattle
  • n. a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock


Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin pāstūra, from Latin pāstus, past participle of pāscere, to feed; see pā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman pastour, Anglo-Norman and Middle French pasture, from Latin pastura, from the stem of pascere ("to feed, graze"). (Wiktionary)


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