- pastureland; a pasture.
- Informal. the act or practice of switching television channels frequently to watch several programs.
Origin of grazing
- to feed on growing grass and pasturage, as do cattle, sheep, etc.
- 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.
- to feed on (growing grass).
- to put cattle, sheep, etc., to feed on (grass, pastureland, etc.).
- to tend (cattle, sheep, etc.) while they are at pasture.
Origin of graze1
- to touch or rub lightly in passing.
- to scrape the skin from; abrade: The bullet just grazed his shoulder.
- to touch or rub something lightly, or so as to produce slight abrasion, in passing: to graze against a rough wall.
- a touching or rubbing lightly in passing.
- a slight scratch, scrape, or wound made in passing; abrasion.
Origin of graze2
Examples from the Web for grazing
Of course that “interesting company,” alongside the grazing goats, will probably number the odd royal and Hollywood celebrity.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
December 10, 2014
Then, without warning, they shot into the group, grazing two teenage boys with bullets.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
“So if Cliven Bundy wishes to pay taxes or grazing fees—he should pay it to the Shoshone,” she writes.How Cliven Bundy and the Land Rights Movement Screws Native Americans
May 14, 2014
The U.S. government says Cliven Bundy owes $1 million in grazing fees and sent in contract cowboys to round up his cattle.Gun-Toting Ranchers Defeat Feds
John L. Smith
April 16, 2014
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has claimed that Agenda 21 sought to abolish “golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads.”Agenda 21: The U.N. Conspiracy That Just Won’t Die
April 13, 2014
Upon these, the deer were grazing leisurely, like cattle, in numerous herds.Georgie's Present
She turned to look at the grazing cow, and then turned back to him.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
As they are so dangerous, these reptiles should always be destroyed as much as possible in all pastures and grazing grounds.
One day a neighbour's dog started a hare in a meadow where some cows were grazing.The Manxman
His land––that is, his grazing––lies to the west of the house.The Hound From The North
- the vegetation on pastures that is available for livestock to feed upon
- the land on which this is growing
- to allow (animals) to consume the vegetation on (an area of land), or (of animals, esp cows and sheep) to feed thus
- (tr) to tend (livestock) while at pasture
- informal to eat snacks throughout the day rather than formal meals
- Southern African informal to eat
- (intr) informal to switch between television channels while viewing without watching any channel for long
- US to pilfer and eat sweets, vegetables, etc, from supermarket shelves while shopping
- Southern African informal a snack; something to eat
- (when intr, often foll by against or along) to brush or scrape (against) gently, esp in passing
- (tr) to break the skin of (a part of the body) by scraping
- the act of grazing
- a scrape or abrasion made by grazing
Word Origin and History for grazing
"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.