Origin of greening
adjective, green·er, green·est.
- (of sand) sufficiently moist to form a compact lining for a mold without further treatment.
- (of a casting) as it comes from the mold.
- (of a powder, in powder metallurgy) unsintered.
- fresh leaves or branches of trees, shrubs, etc., used for decoration; wreaths.
- the leaves and stems of plants, as spinach, lettuce, or cabbage, used for food.
- a blue-green uniform of the U.S. Army.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of green
Examples from the Web for greening
Contemporary Examples of greening
There are some obvious reasons for the greening of the car fleet.July was the Greenest Month Ever for U.S. Car Sales
August 6, 2013
But in this age of the greening of the U.S. auto fleet, so does smart engineering and pinching pennies.Detroit’s Green Leap Forward Pulls In to New York Auto Show
March 29, 2013
As temperatures rise, the Sahara and other dry areas are greening on the edges.The Upside to Global Warming
August 26, 2011
Historical Examples of greening
In the first place, the letter you sent me signed 'Greening' was clearly a forgery.The Double Four
E. Phillips Oppenheim
It was spring, the time of greening ranges and the coming of new calves.Tharon of Lost Valley
Vingie E. Roe
I loved the greening of Nature, and the yellowing of her harvest.The Love Story of Abner Stone
Edwin Carlile Litsey
After greening the cucumbers, put them in plain vinegar for a few days.Housekeeping in Old Virginia
Marion Cabell Tyree
In the time of the greening, even the Korrigans are unseen of walkers in the dusk.Green Fire
Word Origin for greening
- the edible leaves and stems of certain plants, eaten as a vegetable
- freshly cut branches of ornamental trees, shrubs, etc, used as a decoration
Word Origin for green
Old English grene "green, young, immature, raw," earlier groeni, from West Germanic *gronja- (cf. Old Saxon grani, Old Frisian grene, Old Norse grænn, Danish grøn, Dutch groen, Old High German gruoni, German grün), from PIE root *ghre- "grow" (see grass), through sense of "color of living plants."
Meaning "a field, grassy place" was in Old English. Sense of "of tender age, youthful" is from early 15c.; hence "gullible" (c.1600). The color of jealousy at least since Shakespeare (1596); "Greensleeves," ballad of an inconstant lady-love, is from 1570s. Green light in figurative sense of "permission" is from 1937. Green and red as signals on railways first attested 1883, as nighttime substitutes for semaphore flags. Green beret originally "British commando" is from 1949. Green room "room for actors when not on stage" is from 1701; presumably a well-known one was painted green.
Old English grenian (see green (n.,adj.)). Related: Greened; greening.
In addition to the idioms beginning with green
- green about the gills
- green light, the
- green thumb
- green with envy
- grass is always greener