from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To cover with grass.
  • transitive v. To grow grass on.
  • transitive v. To feed (livestock) with grass.
  • intransitive v. To become covered with grass.
  • intransitive v. To graze.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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. A lawn.
  • n. Marijuana.
  • n. An informer, police informer; one who betrays a group (of criminals, etc) to the authorities.
  • n. Sharp, closely spaced discontinuities in the trace of a cathode-ray tube, produced by random interference.
  • n. Noise on an A-scope or similar type of radar display.
  • v. To lay out on the grass; to knock down (an opponent etc.).
  • v. To act as a grass or informer, to betray; to report on (criminals etc) to the authorities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute the food of cattle and other beasts; pasture.
  • n. An endogenous plant having simple leaves, a stem generally jointed and tubular, the husks or glumes in pairs, and the seed single.
  • n. The season of fresh grass; spring.
  • n. Metaphorically used for what is transitory.
  • n. Marijuana.
  • intransitive v. To produce grass.
  • transitive v. To cover with grass or with turf.
  • transitive v. To expose, as flax, on the grass for bleaching, etc.
  • transitive v. To bring to the grass or ground; to land.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • In printing, to discharge (a workman).
  • In printing, to seek or give temporary employment.
  • n. In general, herbage; the plants on which cattle and other beasts feed or pasture; the verdurous covering of the soil.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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

Middle English gras, from Old English græs; see ghrē- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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”).



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