any plant of the family Gramineae, having jointed stems, sheathing leaves, and seedlike grains.: Compare grass family.
such plants collectively, as when cultivated in lawns or used as pasture for grazing animals or cut and dried as hay.
the grass-covered ground.
pasture: Half the farm is grass.
grasses, stalks or sprays of grass: filled with dried grasses.
the season of the new growth of grass.
to cover with grass or turf.
to feed with growing grass; pasture.
to lay (something) on the grass, as for the purpose of bleaching.
to feed on growing grass; graze.
to produce grass; become covered with grass.
Idioms about grass
go to grass, to retire from one's occupation or profession: Many executives lack a sense of purpose after they have gone to grass.
let the grass grow under one's feet, to delay action, progress, etc.; become slack in one's efforts.
- grassless, adjective
- grasslike, adjective
- grassward, grasswards, adverb, adjective
- un·der·grass, noun
- un·grassed, adjective
Other definitions for Grass (2 of 2)
Gün·ter (Wil·helm) [goon-ter wil-helm; German gyn-tuhr-vil-helm], /ˈgʊn tər ˈwɪl hɛlm; German ˈgün tər ˈvɪl hɛlm/, 1927–2015, German novelist, poet, and playwright.
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How to use grass in a sentence
They’ve even swapped out rubber mats for artificial grass and managed to have enough space to properly separate stations for social distancing.Clean, Lean, Mean Machines: 5 Super COVID-Safe Gyms | Joshua Eferighe | August 28, 2020 | Ozy
Remnants of the oldest known grass bedding, discovered in South Africa’s Border Cave, lay on the ashes of previously burned bedding, say archaeologist Lyn Wadley of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and her colleagues.The oldest known grass beds from 200,000 years ago included insect repellents | Bruce Bower | August 13, 2020 | Science News
At the same time, he says, mussels provide nutrients that help the grasses grow.For teens, big problems may lead to meaningful research | Carolyn Wilke | July 28, 2020 | Science News For Students
We sit with her apart from one another in the grass of her apartment complex.I Tried to Cut Out the Distance in Distance Learning – Here’s What Happened | Thomas Courtney | July 13, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Prairies make a good place to live because they’ve got lots of soil, which the grass keeps from washing away.
The one caveat: Asprey advises only buying butter made from grass-fed or pastured cows.Bulletproof Coffee and the Case for Butter as a Health Food | DailyBurn | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A tugboat improbably sits high on the bank, obscured by tall grass, a broken oil rig hangs over the water nearby.
Thus far, the most talked-about Green Friday hotspot is Denver dispensary the grass Station.Colorado Weed Dispensaries Celebrate ‘Green Friday’ | Abby Haglage | November 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I really turned on in particular to James Joyce, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Günter grass.James Patterson Goes Full ‘Fahrenheit 451’ With Burning Book Video | William O’Connor | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As they passed the runway, bullets shot up from the tall grass, puncturing a fuel tank.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The grass had a delightful fragrance, like new-mown hay, and was neatly wound around the tunnel, like the inside of a bird's-nest.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
She threw out her arms as if swimming when she walked, beating the tall grass as one strikes out in the water.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
The weed growing over every water, and at the bank of the river, shall be pulled up before all grass.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Everywhere cattle were being sold for a trifle, as there was no grass upon which they could feed.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
We squatted in the long grass and buck-brush, listening, and a few seconds later heard a horse snort distinctly.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for grass (1 of 2)
any monocotyledonous plant of the family Poaceae (formerly Gramineae), having jointed stems sheathed by long narrow leaves, flowers in spikes, and seedlike fruits. The family includes cereals, bamboo, etc
such plants collectively, in a lawn, meadow, etc: Related adjectives: gramineous, verdant
any similar plant, such as knotgrass, deergrass, or scurvy grass
ground on which such plants grow; a lawn, field, etc
ground on which animals are grazed; pasture
a slang word for marijuana
British slang a person who informs, esp on criminals
short for sparrowgrass
get off the grass NZ informal an exclamation of disbelief
let the grass grow under one's feet to squander time or opportunity
put out to grass
to retire (a racehorse)
informal to retire (a person)
to cover or become covered with grass
to feed or be fed with grass
(tr) to spread (cloth) out on grass for drying or bleaching in the sun
(tr) sport to knock or bring down (an opponent)
(tr) to shoot down (a bird)
(tr) to land (a fish) on a river bank
(intr usually foll by on) British slang to inform, esp to the police
- See also grass up
- grassless, adjective
- grasslike, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Grass (2 of 2)
Günter (Wilhelm) (ˈɡyntər). born 1927, German novelist, dramatist, and poet. His novels include The Tin Drum (1959), Dog Years (1963), The Rat (1986), Crabwalk (2002), and Peeling the Onion (2007). Nobel prize for literature 1999
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for grass
Any of a large family (Gramineae or Poaceae) of monocotyledonous plants having narrow leaves, hollow stems, and clusters of very small, usually wind-pollinated flowers. Grasses include many varieties of plants grown for food, fodder, and ground cover. Wheat, maize, sugar cane, and bamboo are grasses. See more at leaf.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with grass
In addition to the idioms beginning with grass
- grass is always greener on the other side, the
- grass widow
- don't let the grass grow under one's feet
- put out to grass
- snake in the grass
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