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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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Examples for pastures
  • Second, the construction industry must demolish all parking garages, then build the pastures.
  • They sense his desperation as he seeks greener pastures as he flees his moribund home country.
  • Legumes, such as clover and vetch, can be seeded in grazed pastures.
  • The view from a car window reveals plantations of hairy eucalyptus trees and cow pastures rife with termite mounds.
  • Soils tend to be deep and fertile, perfect for cropland or pastures.
  • Unlike the surrounding cow pastures, which are so well groomed they could be golf greens, these woods are unkempt.
  • They navigate to breeding grounds, greener pastures, and safe havens.
  • Our horses got out of their pastures the day before last night.
  • Forests tend to be darker than farms and pastures and therefore tend to absorb more sunlight.
  • If it was daytime they would have been all out in the pastures.
British Dictionary definitions for pastures

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 pastures
pasture
c.1300, from O.Fr. pasture "grass eaten by cattle," from L.L. pastura "a feeding, grazing," from L. pastus, pp. of pascere "to feed, graze" (see pastor).
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Slang definitions & phrases for pastures

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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