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Graz

[grahts] /grɑts/
noun
1.
a city in SE Austria.

graze1

[greyz] /greɪz/
verb (used without object), grazed, grazing.
1.
to feed on growing grass and pasturage, as do cattle, sheep, etc.
2.
Informal. to eat small portions of food, as appetizers or the like, in place of a full-sized meal or to snack during the course of the day in place of regular meals.
verb (used with object), grazed, grazing.
3.
to feed on (growing grass).
4.
to put cattle, sheep, etc., to feed on (grass, pastureland, etc.).
5.
to tend (cattle, sheep, etc.) while they are at pasture.
Origin of graze1
1000
before 1000; Middle English grasen, Old English grasian, derivative of græs grass
Related forms
grazeable, adjective
grazer, noun

graze2

[greyz] /greɪz/
verb (used with object), grazed, grazing.
1.
to touch or rub lightly in passing.
2.
to scrape the skin from; abrade:
The bullet just grazed his shoulder.
verb (used without object), grazed, grazing.
3.
to touch or rub something lightly, or so as to produce slight abrasion, in passing:
to graze against a rough wall.
noun
4.
a touching or rubbing lightly in passing.
5.
a slight scratch, scrape, or wound made in passing; abrasion.
Origin
1595-1605; perhaps special use of graze1; for the semantic shift compare French effleurer, derivative of fleur flower, in the same meaning
Related forms
grazer, noun
grazingly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for grazes
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  • You and I may have our grazes—Varvilliers, have you a graze on the knee by chance?

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • He had grazes on his hands, and all down to his knees skin wounds, little and many.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • Some one stands in the center of a circle of children and swings the rope so that the weight just grazes the ground.

  • It grazes his crest, and lodges in the heart of Blanche of Devan.

  • From time to time a dead leaf just grazes one of the windows, then whirls about and flies away.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
  • Tom darts in; the heavy right-hand is delivered, but only grazes his head.

    Tom Brown's School Days Thomas Hughes
  • Simply the responsibility that so cruelly shortened the Emperor's youth, and which at least grazes you.

  • Tom darts in, the heavy right-hand is delivered, but only grazes his head.

    Tom Brown at Rugby Thomas Hughes
  • Its territory extends above twenty leagues in length, and grazes a great number of wild bulls and cows.

    The Pirates of Panama A. O. (Alexandre Olivier) Exquemelin
British Dictionary definitions for grazes

Graz

/German ɡraːts/
noun
1.
an industrial city in SE Austria, capital of Styria province: the second largest city in the country. Pop: 226 244 (2001)

graze1

/ɡreɪz/
verb
1.
to allow (animals) to consume the vegetation on (an area of land), or (of animals, esp cows and sheep) to feed thus
2.
(transitive) to tend (livestock) while at pasture
3.
(informal) to eat snacks throughout the day rather than formal meals
4.
(South African, informal) to eat
5.
(intransitive) (informal) to switch between television channels while viewing without watching any channel for long
6.
(US) to pilfer and eat sweets, vegetables, etc, from supermarket shelves while shopping
noun
7.
(South African, informal) a snack; something to eat
Word Origin
Old English grasian, from græsgrass; related to Old High German grasōn, Dutch grazen, Norwegian grasa

graze2

/ɡreɪz/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by against or along. to brush or scrape (against) gently, esp in passing
2.
(transitive) to break the skin of (a part of the body) by scraping
noun
3.
the act of grazing
4.
a scrape or abrasion made by grazing
Derived Forms
grazer, noun
grazingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: probably special use of graze1; related to Swedish gräsa
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Word Origin and History for grazes

graze

v.

"to feed," Old English grasian "to feed on grass," from græs "grass" (see grass). Cf. Middle Dutch, Middle High German grasen, Dutch grazen, German grasen. Figurative use by 1570s. Related: Grazed; grazing.

"to touch," c.1600, perhaps a transferred sense from graze (v.1) via a notion of cropping grass right down to the ground (cf. German grasen "to feed on grass," used in military sense in reference to cannonballs that rebound off the ground). Related: Grazed; grazing. As a noun from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for grazes

graze

verb

To eat small amounts often: ''I don't eat meals,'' she said. ''I graze all day long''/ Cindy Crawford grazing at the salad bar (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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