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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

Etymologies

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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