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grazing

[grey-zing] /ˈgreɪ zɪŋ/
noun
1.
pastureland; a pasture.
2.
Informal. the act or practice of switching television channels frequently to watch several programs.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see graze1, -ing1

graze1

[greyz] /greɪz/
verb (used without object), grazed, grazing.
1.
to feed on growing grass and pasturage, as do cattle, sheep, etc.
2.
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.
verb (used with object), grazed, grazing.
3.
to feed on (growing grass).
4.
to put cattle, sheep, etc., to feed on (grass, pastureland, etc.).
5.
to tend (cattle, sheep, etc.) while they are at pasture.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English grasen, Old English grasian, derivative of græs grass
Related forms
grazeable, adjective
grazer, noun

graze2

[greyz] /greɪz/
verb (used with object), grazed, grazing.
1.
to touch or rub lightly in passing.
2.
to scrape the skin from; abrade:
The bullet just grazed his shoulder.
verb (used without object), grazed, grazing.
3.
to touch or rub something lightly, or so as to produce slight abrasion, in passing:
to graze against a rough wall.
noun
4.
a grazing; a touching or rubbing lightly in passing.
5.
a slight scratch, scrape, or wound made in passing; abrasion.
Origin
1595-1605; perhaps special use of graze1; for the semantic shift compare French effleurer, derivative of fleur flower, in the same meaning
Related forms
grazer, noun
grazingly, adverb
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Examples from the web for grazing
  • The initiative is an important step forward, but it fails to confront the sacred cow of forest management: livestock grazing.
  • Evacuated ranchers are worrying about the livestock they left behind without grazing pasture.
  • Farmers cut forests to provide more room for planting crops or grazing livestock.
  • Because their grazing range is limited, they have been unable to enlarge their herds to match their growing population.
  • In fact, sheep grazing leafy spurge will actually outperform sheep grazing native range.
  • In a large pack-train much time and labor are lost every morning collecting the mules which strayed while grazing.
  • The calm water and verdant land are balanced by the children, the cabin and the cattle grazing.
  • After the sun had swung around and began grazing the surface, however, a delicate web of finely engraved lines started to emerge.
  • Cows grazing the high-banked meadow across the road gazed over at us placidly.
  • grazing herbivores would be deprived of their food source and die, depriving carnivores of their food source too.
British Dictionary definitions for grazing

grazing

/ˈɡreɪzɪŋ/
noun
1.
the vegetation on pastures that is available for livestock to feed upon
2.
the land on which this is growing

graze1

/ɡreɪz/
verb
1.
to allow (animals) to consume the vegetation on (an area of land), or (of animals, esp cows and sheep) to feed thus
2.
(transitive) to tend (livestock) while at pasture
3.
(informal) to eat snacks throughout the day rather than formal meals
4.
(South African, informal) to eat
5.
(intransitive) (informal) to switch between television channels while viewing without watching any channel for long
6.
(US) to pilfer and eat sweets, vegetables, etc, from supermarket shelves while shopping
noun
7.
(South African, informal) a snack; something to eat
Word Origin
Old English grasian, from græsgrass; related to Old High German grasōn, Dutch grazen, Norwegian grasa

graze2

/ɡreɪz/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by against or along. to brush or scrape (against) gently, esp in passing
2.
(transitive) to break the skin of (a part of the body) by scraping
noun
3.
the act of grazing
4.
a scrape or abrasion made by grazing
Derived Forms
grazer, noun
grazingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: probably special use of graze1; related to Swedish gräsa
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Word Origin and History for grazing

graze

v.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for grazing

graze

verb

To eat small amounts often: ''I don't eat meals,'' she said. ''I graze all day long''/ Cindy Crawford grazing at the salad bar (1980s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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