Definitions

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

  • n. Ground that is green with grass; turf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Land that is green with grass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Turf green with grass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Turf green with grass.

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

  • n. surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots

Etymologies

green + sward (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That there are not more acres of greensward is regrettable.

    Sunday Op/Ed: Don’t Put the Chihuly Museum at Seattle Center « PubliCola

  • The greensward is the canvas, the house or some other prominent point is the central figure, the planting completes the composition and adds the color.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition)

  • A hurdy-gurdy furnished the music and the greensward was their ballroom floor.

    Molly Brown's Orchard Home

  • Laid out in the shape of a cross as part of the original federal plan, the greensward is a splendid place to relax or jog (perhaps past politicos and their retinues).

    Lead Stories from AOL

  • The Brooklyn Paper, perhaps searching for a new obsession now that its fixation of yore-Atlantic Yards-is a fait accompli, is continuing its crusade to rescue the animals of Prospect Park from a recent spate of lakeside violence, one that has prompted the paper to dub the greensward's body of water "The Lake of Death." the paper reports that the decomposed body of a dog was fished from the murky waters of the Prospect Park Lake, just the latest in a series of dead animals that have washed up on the shores of the normally bucolic lake:

    All Stories | The New York Observer

  • As any fan will tell you, the greensward the game is played on, marked with parallel white stripes, is called a gridiron.

    Meathead Goldwyn: Lip Smackin' Pigskin Cracklins

  • In Britain, the differences in survival between the poorest and highest socio-economic groups become halved when people have more greensward.

    Matthew Edlund, M.D.: 24 Seconds to Roadkill

  • And I rolled over on my greensward, caught a glimpse of a regiment of undulating backs, and thanked my particular gods that such moods of madness were passing brief.

    The Dignity of Dollars

  • I moved through wind-swept groves of limber backs,; across sunny glades, lighted by the beaming rays from a thousand obsequious eyes; and when I tired of this, basked on the greensward of popular approval.

    The Dignity of Dollars

  • They don't dwell on tachycardia, only stay in rhythm, blasting riffs, — catechism for cul de sac, greensward.

    Rainbird Rondo

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  • "If baseball is, or at least used to be, a languidly paced sport played on an asymmetrical greensward that recalls America’s agrarian past, football is an industrial product of the modern age. Confined to a precisely measured rectangle that mimics the electronic screen, football plays out in staccato bursts of violence, interrupted by commentary and meta-commentary, near-pornographic slow-motion replays and scantily clad young women selling you stuff. Though I’m not sure that the commercials during the Super Bowl, or any lesser football game, really have much to do with consumer products as such. Instead, they’re selling an idea, the idea of the sort of person you must be if you’re watching the game: Funny, alert, sexually alive, a bit self-mocking, surrounded by friends and endlessly loyal to football, to America and to television."
    - Andrew O'Hehir, Football's death spiral, salon.com, 3 Feb 2013.

    February 5, 2013