- 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.
- a specific area or piece of such ground.
- grass or other plants for feeding livestock.
- to feed (livestock) by putting them out to graze on pasture.
- (of land) to furnish with pasture.
- (of livestock) to graze upon.
- (of livestock) to graze in a pasture.
- put out to pasture,
- to put in a pasture to graze.
- 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
- 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.
Examples from the Web for pasture
Thus far, Congress has prevented the service from putting the Warthog out to pasture.American Warplane’s Forgotten Nazi Past
October 12, 2014
The Metropolitan Police said that sending retired horses out to pasture was a common practice.Police Arrest Murdoch Deputy Rebekah Brooks and Husband
March 13, 2012
Pollock opens in 1957 in a rural Ohio pasture overlooking a “holler” called Knockemstiff.3 Must-Read Novels
Taylor Antrim, Anne Trubek, Nicholas Mancusi
July 21, 2011
The New Orleans Saints just played their season opener on a pasture of brand-new, emerald-green playing turf.The Haunted Symbol of New Orleans
August 28, 2010
The soldiers set up camp at the base of the far hill, near the pasture where the Laki children grazed cows.Vanished in Uganda
June 5, 2009
In the dewy mornings, she hop-skipped and jumped by his side into the pasture to bring in the cows.
He could run a mower, and clean a pasture of weeds in a day.
After entering the pasture, the princess paused and looked around.Tanglewood Tales
Down in the pasture at the end of the lane lived an old woodchuck.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
Butter and milk, the produce of their own pasture, were of course supplied.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
- land covered with grass or herbage and grazed by or suitable for grazing by livestock
- a specific tract of such land
- the grass or herbage growing on it
- (tr) to cause (livestock) to graze or (of livestock) to graze (a pasture)
Word Origin and History for pasture
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.
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.