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pasture

[pas-cher, pahs-] /ˈpæs tʃər, ˈpɑs-/
noun
1.
Also called pastureland
[pas-cher-land, pahs-] /ˈpæs tʃərˌlænd, ˈpɑs-/ (Show IPA)
. an area covered with grass or other plants used or suitable for the grazing of livestock; grassland.
2.
a specific area or piece of such ground.
3.
grass or other plants for feeding livestock.
verb (used with object), pastured, pasturing.
4.
to feed (livestock) by putting them out to graze on pasture.
5.
(of land) to furnish with pasture.
6.
(of livestock) to graze upon.
verb (used without object), pastured, pasturing.
7.
(of livestock) to graze in a pasture.
Idioms
8.
put out to pasture,
  1. to put in a pasture to graze.
  2. 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
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin pāstūra, equivalent to Latin pāst(us), past participle of pāscere to feed, pasture (cf. pastor) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
pastural, adjective
pastureless, adjective
pasturer, noun
unpastured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pastureless

pasture

/ˈpɑːstʃə/
noun
1.
land covered with grass or herbage and grazed by or suitable for grazing by livestock
2.
a specific tract of such land
3.
the grass or herbage growing on it
verb
4.
(transitive) to cause (livestock) to graze or (of livestock) to graze (a pasture)
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Late Latin pāstūra, from pascere to feed
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Word Origin and History for pastureless

pasture

n.

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.

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pastureless

pasture

noun

The outfield of a baseball field (1891+ Baseball)

Related Terms

outer garden, put someone or something out to pasture


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