verb (used with object), pas·tured, pas·tur·ing.
verb (used without object), pas·tured, pas·tur·ing.
- pastry brush,
- pastry cream,
- pastry tube,
- pasture rose,
- 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
Examples from the Web for pasturing
Hare-Lip leaped to his feet, giving a quick glance at the pasturing goats and the afternoon sun.The Scarlet Plague|Jack London
This length of life may, however, be destroyed by pasturing or abusing the alfalfa.Agriculture for Beginners|Charles William Burkett
The old moose, at her pasturing behind the rock, heard it too.The Kindred of the Wild|Charles G. D. Roberts
The plants will soon possess all the ground, but to enable them to do so, pasturing must be deferred for one season.Clovers and How to Grow Them|Thomas Shaw
After the Revolution, in imitation of English farmers, he made use of hurdles in pasturing sheep and milk cows.George Washington: Farmer|Paul Leland Haworth
Word Origin for pasture
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.
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.
see put out to grass (pasture).