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pasture

[pas-cher, pahs-] /ˈpæs tʃər, ˈpɑs-/
noun
1.
Also called pastureland
[pas-cher-land, pahs-] /ˈpæs tʃərˌlænd, ˈpɑs-/ (Show IPA)
. 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), pastured, pasturing.
4.
to feed (livestock) by putting them out to graze on pasture.
5.
(of land) to furnish with pasture.
6.
(of livestock) to graze upon.
verb (used without object), pastured, pasturing.
7.
(of livestock) to graze in a pasture.
Idioms
8.
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
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 forms
pastural, adjective
pastureless, adjective
pasturer, noun
unpastured, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pasturing
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  • Fires have scarred the sides, and pasturing has robbed it of flowers and verdure.

  • The pasturing of orchards is often defensible and sometimes even desirable.

    The Apple-Tree L. H. Bailey
  • The sons of Jacob had been pasturing their flocks near there.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • But it was her pasturing, so to speak, in Lancashire, which brought it up to fruition.

    Lancashire Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
  • We shall be safer if we render the Greek participle ( ) by a participle: "pasturing themselves," or "shepherding themselves."

    The Expositor's Bible: Alfred Plummer
  • pasturing of cattle is prohibited along the entire Karwendel range.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • pasturing an orchard with sheep, although a somewhat doubtful practice, often gives good results.

    Apple Growing M. C. Burritt
  • On the contrary, this part of the interior is decidedly well adapted for pasturing cattle.

  • The woods are used for pasturing horses and cattle, for being an island, none of them can get off.

  • On the island are pasturing herds of oxen and sheep sacred to the Sun, things of light consecrated to light.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
British Dictionary definitions for pasturing

pasture

/ˈpɑːstʃə/
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
4.
(transitive) 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 pasturing

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pasturing

pasture

noun

The outfield of a baseball field (1891+ Baseball)

Related Terms

outer garden, put someone or something out to pasture

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with pasturing
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