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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A tract of land that supports grass or other vegetation eaten by domestic grazing animals.
  • noun Such vegetation, especially that eaten by domestic grazing animals.
  • noun The feeding or grazing of animals.
  • intransitive verb To herd (animals) into a pasture to graze.
  • intransitive verb To provide (animals) with pasturage. Used of land.
  • intransitive verb To graze on (land or vegetation).
  • intransitive verb To use (land) as pasture.
  • intransitive verb To graze in a pasture.
  • idiom (put out to pasture) To herd (grazing animals) into pasturable land.
  • idiom Informal (put out to pasture) To retire or compel to retire from work or a full workload.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rocky shore where codfish resort to spawn.
  • noun Food; nourishment; fare.
  • noun Grass for the food of cattle or other animals; the food of cattle taken by grazing.
  • noun Ground covered with grass appropriated for the grazing of cattle or other animals.
  • noun 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.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin pāstūra, from Latin pāstus, past participle of pāscere, to feed; see pā- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman pastour, Anglo-Norman and Middle French pasture, from Latin pastura, from the stem of pascere ("to feed, graze").

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