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pasture

[pas-cher, pahs-]
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noun
  1. Also called pas·ture·land [pas-cher-land, pahs-] /ˈpæs tʃərˌlænd, ˈpɑs-/. an area covered with grass or other plants used or suitable for the grazing of livestock; grassland.
  2. a specific area or piece of such ground.
  3. grass or other plants for feeding livestock.
verb (used with object), pas·tured, pas·tur·ing.
  1. to feed (livestock) by putting them out to graze on pasture.
  2. (of land) to furnish with pasture.
  3. (of livestock) to graze upon.
verb (used without object), pas·tured, pas·tur·ing.
  1. (of livestock) to graze in a pasture.
Idioms
  1. put out to pasture,
    1. to put in a pasture to graze.
    2. to dismiss, retire, or use sparingly as being past one's or its prime: Most of our older employees don't want to be put out to pasture.

Origin of pasture

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin pāstūra, equivalent to Latin pāst(us), past participle of pāscere to feed, pasture (cf. pastor) + -ūra -ure
Related formspas·tur·al, adjectivepas·ture·less, adjectivepas·tur·er, nounun·pas·tured, adjective

Pasture

[French pah-tyr]
noun
  1. Ro·gi·er [French raw-zhee-ey] /French rɔ ʒiˈeɪ/or Ro·ger [French raw-zhey] /French rɔˈʒeɪ/de la [French duh-la] /French də la/. Weyden, Rogier van der.
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  • In the dewy mornings, she hop-skipped and jumped by his side into the pasture to bring in the cows.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • He could run a mower, and clean a pasture of weeds in a day.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • After entering the pasture, the princess paused and looked around.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Down in the pasture at the end of the lane lived an old woodchuck.

  • Butter and milk, the produce of their own pasture, were of course supplied.


British Dictionary definitions for pasture

pasture

noun
  1. land covered with grass or herbage and grazed by or suitable for grazing by livestock
  2. a specific tract of such land
  3. the grass or herbage growing on it
verb
  1. (tr) to cause (livestock) to graze or (of livestock) to graze (a pasture)

Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Late Latin pāstūra, from pascere to feed
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Word Origin and History for pasture

n.

c.1300, "grass eaten by cattle," from Old French pasture "fodder, grass eaten by cattle" (12c., Modern French pâture), from Late Latin pastura "a feeding, grazing," from Latin pastus, past participle of pascere "to feed, graze" (see pastor). Meaning "land covered with vegetation suitable for grazing" is from early 14c. To be out to pasture "retired" is from 1945, from what was done (ideally) to horses after the active working life.

v.

late 14c., of animals, "to graze;" early 15c., of humans, "to lead to pasture, to feed by putting in a pasture," from Old French pasturer (12c., Modern French pâturer, from pasture (see pasture (n.)). Related: Pastured; pasturing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with pasture

pasture

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