yard grass

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n yard grass coarse annual grass having fingerlike spikes of flowers; native to Old World tropics; a naturalized weed elsewhere
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Yard grass (Bot) a low-growing grass (Eleusine Indica) having digitate spikes. It is common in dooryards, and like places, especially in the Southern United States. Called also crab grass.
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Usage

In literature:

Anna ran off toward the mill yard, and Rebby left the shade of the big beeches to pull handfuls of the sun-dried grass.
"A Little Maid of Old Maine" by Alice Turner Curtis
Lawn grass had been sown in many of the yards, where it had flourished until the scorching summer drouth.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
A moment later Mr Robert Ratman lay on the grass half a dozen yards away, on the flat of his back, blinking up at the sky.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
I started to shoot at three hundred yards, but before I could take a careful aim the lion had disappeared in the grass.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
To his surprise he found that the grass in Farmer Green's yard was longer than he had ever seen it.
"The Tale of Master Meadow Mouse" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Less than a hundred yards over the garden beds and grass took the fellow to the paling boundary over which he leaped like a greyhound.
"The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters" by Edward S. Ellis
He then led Imbrie a hundred yards from their camp, and, making him sit in the grass, tied his ankles and invited him to meditate.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
If she went back to the yard, all made of bricks, how would she ever see the grass and flowers?
"Clematis" by Bertha B. Cobb
Down the road we went, a single carriage-way between two banks of grass a yard high.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
But the Boers fired no round until, at 800 yards, the foremost British sangar was visible through the long grass.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
In the small front yard the grass is green and thickly sown with tulips that have two sheath-like leaves of bluish-green enfolding the bud.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
She led Kate to the greenest places in the yard, and let her eat the grass.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
There it was, a yard away in the grass.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
The roadside grass gave way to a sandy patch twenty yards long, and the patch was scored with long, dragging marks.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
McCarthy secured the lunch from the car and they spread it upon the grass in the yard and ate.
"Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant" by Hugh S. Fullerton
When within about sixty yards, the animal saw us, and crouched down in the grass.
"Sporting Scenes amongst the Kaffirs of South Africa" by Alfred W. Drayson
It rustled the grass softly and moved into the natives, only 20 yards away.
"The Test Colony" by Winston Marks
Samuel Cone felt very faint, as he lay on the grass in the yard, and saw them coming.
"Father Brighthopes" by John Townsend Trowbridge
This stream is about six yards wide and the valley is narrow; grass good.
"Journal of a Trip to California" by Charles W. Smith
Arm-in-arm the two left the Castle-yard, gained the grass, and walked towards the Ferry.
"The Weird Sisters, Volume III (of 3)" by Richard Dowling
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In poetry:

The calloused grass lies hard
Against the cracking plain:
Life is a grayish stain;
The salt-marsh hems my yard.
"By The Road To The Air Base" by Yvor Winters
The grass, forerunner of life, has gone,
But plants that spring in ruins and shards
Attend until your dream is done:
I have seen hemlock in your yards.
"To Iron-Founders And Others" by Gordon Bottomley
Such a night in the yard there never was seen
(The horses were fat and the grass was green);
Bursting of girths and slipping of packs
As the stockmen saddled the fastest hacks.
"Song of the Squatter" by Anonymous Oceania
They found the doors securely barred,
They found the watch-dog in the yard,
There was no footprint in the grass,
And none had seen the stranger pass.
Dead rides Sir Morten of Fogelsang.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part. 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf VI. -- The Wraith Of Od" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Starting and shying at straws, with sidlings and plungings,
Buckings and whirlings and bolts;
Greener than grass, but full-ripe for their bridling and lungings,
Up to the yards and to Chiron they bustled the colts…
"The Centaurs" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

With the grass in front of the stage mostly filled in, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs took the stage.
Back in those days, we crossed a strip of grass maybe 600 yards prior to the finish.
If you want a beautiful spring yard that's a masterpiece, there are important steps to take now to ensure everything from grass to gardenias bloom.
Although tossing your kitty litter into the grass a couple of times probably wouldn't do much damage, I would advise against it, especially long-term, even in non-food areas of the yard.
Last year Salyer contacted Mahan's Lawn and Landscape of Chickasha to install grass and landscape the yard of his new home.
The off-street parking ordinance prohibits parking or storing vehicles and trailers on grass or dirt in front yards.
VIDALIA — Residents with overgrown grass in their yards might soon find themselves in court or paying a hefty fine for their out-of-control lots.
Warm, sunny days giving way to political yard signs springing up like bahia grass.
A property maintenance law now under consideration by the town of Warrensburg board members would prohibit grass or wild plants growing over 6 inches tall in one's yard, residential or commercial, whether the property is vacant or not.
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. Bobby Giannini paced deliberately across the parched, brown grass, 1 yard per step.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. By the time he completed a stellar career at UK, Derek Abney held seven NCAA records, 11 Southeastern Conference records and 14 school records for kick returns and all-purpose yards.
"Keeping yard waste off the curb through composting , grass cycling, and mulching saves landfill space, valuable resources, and money," Hamilton said.
After examining the trees in a client's yard in Lisle, arborist Steve Matravers delivers his proposal: Elevate the Norway maple's canopy so grass can grow underneath.
The site, located at 215th Street and Woodland Road, has long been used by Spring Hill residents to drop their yard waste, including leaves and grass clippings along with bigger items like tree limbs and brush.
The stunning back yard includes a plethora of trees, green grass and a private pond.
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