grass

Definitions

  • A goat eating grass, a kid lying alongside
    A goat eating grass, a kid lying alongside
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v grass give away information about somebody "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"
    • v grass shoot down, of birds
    • v grass feed with grass
    • v grass cover with grass
    • v grass spread out clothes on the grass to let it dry and bleach
    • v grass cover with grass "The owners decided to grass their property"
    • n grass street names for marijuana
    • n grass bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattle
    • n grass a police informer who implicates many people
    • n Grass German writer of novels and poetry and plays (born 1927)
    • n grass narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten sits in a clump of daisies watching a cow eating grass A kitten sits in a clump of daisies watching a cow eating grass
PANICLE OF GRASS PANICLE OF GRASS
Look at that grass, gentlemen Look at that grass, gentlemen
A lizard in the grass A lizard in the grass
Genera of Grasses Genera of Grasses

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In one night, an adult hippopotamus eats approximately 150 pounds of grass
    • Grass (Bot) An endogenous plant having simple leaves, a stem generally jointed and tubular, the husks or glumes in pairs, and the seed single.
    • Grass Marijuana.
    • Grass Metaphorically used for what is transitory. "Surely the people is grass ."
    • Grass Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute the food of cattle and other beasts; pasture.
    • Grass The season of fresh grass; spring. "Two years old next grass ."
    • Grass To bring to the grass or ground; to land; as, to grass a fish.
    • Grass To cover with grass or with turf.
    • Grass To expose, as flax, on the grass for bleaching, etc.
    • v. i Grass To produce grass.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Greenland has more ice on it than Iceland does. In fact, Iceland has more grass and trees than Greenland does.
    • n grass In general, herbage; the plants on which cattle and other beasts feed or pasture; the verdurous covering of the soil. In popular use the name is applied to a great variety of plants which are in no way related to grasses technically so called. See def. 2.
    • n grass Specifically In botany, any plant of the order Gramineœ (which see).
    • n grass plural Stalks or sprays of grass: as, the fireplace was filled with dried grasses.
    • n grass Asparagus.
    • n grass In mining, the surface of the ground at the mine.
    • n grass In turf parlance, the time of new verdure; spring or summer: as, the colt will be three this grass.
    • n grass See to take heart of grace, under grace.
    • n grass The Eleusine Indica. See Eleusine.
    • n grass Bermuda grass, Cynodon Dactylon.
    • n grass In Queensland, the Chloris divaricata.
    • n grass To go into retirement; rusticate: commonly used in the imperative, with the contemptuous force of “Get out!'
    • n grass To die; go to the grave.
    • n grass To fall violently; be knocked down, as a pugilist in the ring: as, he tripped and went to grass.
    • n grass In mining, to the surface: as, send the ore to grass.
    • grass To cover with grass or with turf; furnish with grass: as, to grass a lawn.
    • grass To throw on or bring down to the grass or ground, as a bird shot on the wing, or a fish caught from the water.
    • grass To lose in the grass.
    • grass To feed with growing grass; pasture.
    • grass To breed grass; be covered with grass.
    • n grass In printing, temporary employment.
    • n grass The esparto, Stipa tenacissima.
    • n grass See blear-grass, 2.
    • n grass In the northwesern United States, Xerophyllum tenax. Its very slender and tough leaves, 2 or 3 feet long, were used by the Indians in making water-tight baskets. This is the bear-grass of Lewis and Clark. Also called squaw-grass and squaw-lily, and, in Idaho, pine-lily. See Xerophyllum.
    • n grass Same as Texas millet.
    • n grass The freshwater cord-grass, Spartina cynosuroides
    • n grass The wire-grass or yard-grass, Eleusine Indica.
    • n grass See St. Augustine grass.
    • n grass A brown-sedge a foot or two high, Andropogon scoparius, valued for grazing in the mountains of the southern United States. In the West (where it is called little blue-stem) it is less valued than the former for hay.
    • n grass Same as guinea-grass.
    • grass In printing, to discharge (a workman).
    • grass In printing, to seek or give temporary employment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Death Star death ray control panel from the original is actually the control panel of Grass Valley Group GVG 300 Video (television) production switcher
    • n Grass gras common herbage: an order of plants (Gramineæ), the most important in the whole vegetable kingdom, with long, narrow leaves and tubular stem, including wheat, rye, oats, rice, millet, and all those which supply food for nearly all graminivorous animals: short for asparagus—sparrow-grass: time of grass, spring or summer: the surface of a mine
    • v.t Grass to cover with grass: to feed with grass: to bring to the grass or ground, as a bird or a fish—(various perennial fodder grasses are timothy, fox-tail, cock's-foot, and the fescue grasses, Italian rye-grass, &c.)
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Quotations

  • Muhammad Ali
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    “It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.”
  • Christina Rossetti
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    “Be the green grass above me, with showers and dewdrops wet; and if thou wilt, remember, and if thou wilt, forget.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to mow it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The grass is always greener where the fence isn't.”
  • Andy Rooney
    Andy Rooney
    “Anyone who likes golf on television would enjoy watching the grass grow on the greens.”
  • Thomas F. Kennedy
    Thomas F. Kennedy
    “Ideas lose themselves as quickly as quail, and one must wing them the minute they rise out of the grass, or they are gone.”

Idioms

Grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow - 'The grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow' is an expression used to mean a person's desire to have that which another person has in the belief it will make their life easieris false as all situations come with their own set of problems.
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Grass roots - This idioms is often used in politics, where it refers to the ordinary people or voters. It can be used to mean people at the bottom of a hierarchy.
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Grass widow - A grass widow is a woman whose husband is often away on work, leaving her on her own.
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Kick something into the long grass - If an issue or problem is kicked into the long grass, it is pushed aside and hidden in the hope that it will be forgotten or ignored.
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Let the grass grow round your feet - If you let the grass grow round your feet, you delay doing things instead of taking action.
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Snake in the grass - Someone who is a snake in the grass betrays you even though you have trusted them.
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Watch grass grow - If something is like watching grass grow, it is really boring.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gras, gres, gers, AS, græs, gærs,; akin to OFries. gres, gers, OS., D., G., Icel., & Goth. gras, Dan. græs, Sw. gräs, and prob. to E. green, grow,. Cf. Graze

Usage

In literature:

To secure a strong, luxuriant stand of grass it is very essential that it should be fed well.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
Laying Dorothea, toes up, on the grass I proceeded to lead Jane into the most cherished realms of my fancy.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
Bevis sat down on the grass under the shadow of the oak, by a maple bush, and taking a cowslip, began to count the spots inside it.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
After luxuriating for a little while on the grass, Henry, rifle on shoulder, walked swiftly forward.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Picking grasses to put in Aunt Sophia's room.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
The grass was starred with flowers.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
They made greater speed on the prairie, which was covered only with long grass and an occasional clump of bushes.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
It is composed of grass, fine roots, or weed stems, and lined with fine grass or hair.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
The grass was amazingly luxuriant.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Under this I crawled, and rising up on my knees looked over the top of the grass and bushes.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
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In poetry:

How thick the grass,
How green the shade—
All for love
And lovers made.
"Summer Songs" by Richard Le Gallienne
Rain on the green grass,
And rain on the tree,
And rain on the house top,
But not on me!
"The Rain" by Anonymous Americas
They have no lack of water there
But there is a stinging tail,
For men lie dying in the grass
Along Kokoda trail.
"Up North" by David Campbell
I hear the tinkle of the stream
That slips beneath the grass;
I hear, and as I hear I dream,
And into visions pass.
"Connelbush" by Alexander Anderson
But that is why you see me pass
The honeysuckle there,
And leave the lilies in the grass,
Although they be so fair;
"Parables" by Richard Le Gallienne
And on that morning, through the grass
And by the steaming rills
We travelled merrily, to pass
A day among the hills.
"The Two April Mornings" by William Wordsworth

In news:

They seldom bother grass that's mostly in shade.
Q My St Augustine grass is starting to turn brown near the curb and along my driveway.
He rode the tractor the entire time, cutting tall grass around his Missouri ranch.
Julie Powell stands inside a meat freezer at Fleischer's Grass-Fed, Organic Meats, a Kingston, N.Y. Powell, the author of Julie and Julia, has a new memoir out Tuesday.
Cattle nibble grass on a Montana ranch.
LOS ANGELES — With brown, dusty grass lining the hillside, this scrubby patch of land in the middle of downtown is not that much to look at.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. Lb bacon, cut into 2 inch pieces 1 lb apple flavored chicken sausage links 2 large onions, sliced 4 large potatoes, (2 lbs salt and pepper to taste ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped 2 cups water.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. Showers from Thursday were directly associated with a cold front.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. One state title, 699 career wins, and now maybe one of the biggest transfers in the history of the 14th region.
Yellow nutsedge is a shiny, yellowish-green grass-like plant that infests turf, crops and landscapes.
From Trees and Grass, Bacteria That Cause Snow and Rain.
" Dweller ," his show at Bryan Miller Gallery, features cigarettes in the grass, cars parked in the forest and a '70s vibe.
Dakota Parish stands by his grass growing project in Center Elementary's library last week during the school's Earth Day recognition time.
Lines are as much a part of the burgeoning brand as grass-fed patties and seasonal custards.
Researcher looks into fake eel grass.
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In science:

The coordinate ring Grass(m, n) of G(m, n) in this embedding is the K -subalgebra of K [xij : 1 ≤ i ≤ m, 1 ≤ j ≤ n] generated by the m-minors of the m × n matrix X = (xij ).
Nice Initial Complexes of Some Classical Ideals
The algebra Grass(m, n) has a toric deformation to the Hibi ring associated to the poset of maximal minors (see [32, Chapter 11]).
Nice Initial Complexes of Some Classical Ideals
Consider the Grassmannian Grass(m, n) = Flag(M , n) with M = {m}.
Nice Initial Complexes of Some Classical Ideals
It follows that Question 1.5 for Grass(m, n) has a positive answer if min(m, n − m) ≤ 2.
Nice Initial Complexes of Some Classical Ideals
In the case presented, the model includes features such as momentum drag caused by the presence of the grass fuel (modelled as cylinders) which changes over time as the fuel is consumed.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
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