• WordNet 3.6
    • n oat seed of the annual grass Avena sativa (spoken of primarily in the plural as `oats')
    • n oat annual grass of Europe and North Africa; grains used as food and fodder (referred to primarily in the plural: `oats')
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest cereal company in the world is Quaker Oats, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
    • Oat A musical pipe made of oat straw.
    • Oat (Bot) A well-known cereal grass (Avena sativa), and its edible grain, used as food and fodder; -- commonly used in the plural and in a collective sense.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "pure" appears on the scroll held by the Quaker pictured on the packages of Quaker Oats cereal.
    • n oat A cereal plant, Avena sativa, or its seed: commonly used in the plural in a collective sense. The oat was already in cultivation before the Christian era, and is sown in a variety of soils in all cool climates, degenerating toward the tropics, yet not ripening quite as far north as barley. Oats are grown chiefly as food for beasts, especially horses, being most largely so used in the United States: but they also form an important human food (especially in Scotland, of late years somewhat in the United States), in point of nutrition ranked higher by some than ordinary grades of wheat flour. (See oatmeal, groats, and sowens.) All the varieties of the ordinary cultivated oat are referred to A. sativa, but this is believed by many to be derived from the wild oat, A. fatua. The race called naked oat, sometimes regarded as a species, A. nuda, differs from other sorts in having the seed free from the glume. It is successful in Ireland, etc., but not in America. A variety well approved in both hemispheres is the potato-oat, with a large white plump grain, the original of which was found growing accidentally with potatoes. The black Poland is another esteemed variety; the Tartarian and the Siberian are recommended for poor soils. The varieties are numerous, new ones constantly appearing.
    • n oat Any species of Avena. The wild oat of Europe, A. fatua, is a weed of cultivation in many places; in California, where it abounds, it is extensively utilized as hay. The animal, fly, or hygrometric oat, A. sterilis, native in Barbary, has two long, strong, much-bent awns, which twist and untwist with changes of moisture, and so become a means of locomotion. Various species are more or less available for pasture.
    • n oat A musical pipe of oat-straw; a shepherd's pipe; hence, pastoral song. See oaten pipe, under oaten.
    • n oat Bromus secalinus.
    • n oat Pharus latifolius.
    • oat To feed with oats; feed oats to.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • pl Oat ōt (oftener in Oats, ōts), n. a well-known grassy plant, the seeds of which are much used as food: its seeds: a musical pipe of oat-straw: a shepherd's pipe, pastoral song generally
    • ***


  • Winston Churchill
    “We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.”
  • Arthur Baer
    Arthur Baer
    “Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.”
  • Fred A. Allen
    “Most of us spend the first six days of each week sowing wild oats; then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure.”
  • Russian Proverb
    Russian Proverb
    “It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats.”


Sow your wild oats - If a young man sows his wild oats, he has a period of his life when he does a lot of exciting things and has a lot of sexual relationships. for e.g. He'd spent his twenties sowing his wild oats but felt that it was time to settle down.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ote, ate, AS. āta, akin to Fries. oat,. Of uncertain origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. áta, pl. átan.


In literature:

None of the breakfast foods which are so much used are so wholesome as a simple dish of rolled oats or the old-fashioned oatmeal.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Ole Brer Tarrypin talk 'way down in he th'oat lak he got bad col'.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Do you or I or anyone know How oats and beans and barley grow?
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
His papers were searched, and some passages in them, unfortunately, seemed to confirm the statements of Oates.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Two fine black steeds stood at the fodder-trough and fed off the finest oats.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
It has been even held that a youth who did not "sow his wild oats" was of doubtful stamina.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Why are the foreign shipments of oats less than those of wheat?
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Barley and Oats are grown, but to a limited extent; of Rye, still less.
"Glances at Europe" by Horace Greeley
In order to amuse the gentlemen, a servant-girl threw a handful of oats before the hens.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
Oats, peas, beans and barley grows.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson

In poetry:

OLD Farmer Oats and his son Ned
They quarreled about the old mare's bed,
And some hard words by each were said,
Sing, sing, ye all!
"Song" by John Jay Chapman
“ Of all the goodly flocks of long ago
One brave ram only in our stable stands.
His mother once—remember, little son—
While yet a lamb, ate oats out of your hands.
"The Longing Letter" by Daniel Varoujan
When the straw was weaving my heart was glad,
For neither sin nor shame I had,
In the barn where oat-chaff was flying round,
And the thumping flails made a pleasant sound.
"The Girl's Lamentation" by William Allingham
We met yet again. I saw the youth stand
With a bowl that was flowing and red in his hand;
And he filled it again, and again did he quaff,
And his friends gathered round him, and said with a laugh,
"He is sowing his oats."
"Wild Oats" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
And yet — somewhere through the crystal air
A golden rain is swelling the oats,
And wild doves croon to the splendid noon
Of love too big for their throats; and there
Never the beat of terrible feet —
Somehow, somewhere.
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
O youths who are sowing wild oats! do you know
That the terrible seed you are planting will grow?
Have you thought how your God will require some day
An account of the life you are throwing away?
Have you thought, O rash youth?
"Wild Oats" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Quinoa, oat & barley porridge : Recipe.
1 cup of steel cut oats.
URBANA, Iowa Looking to offer consumers a more sustainable option, Aura Cacia has announced that its soothing organic milk oat bath now is available in a 9.75-oz.
Solicitor to ask for Oates' bond revocation Monday.
Proof Bakery The rolled-oat cake with figs is sliced into servings at Proof Bakery in Atwater Village.
Over the past two years, I have been experimenting with seeding spring oats and annual ryegrass into pastures as a way to provide additional high-quality forage.
Oates Building, now often called the German Auto Building.
Hall and Oates, Counting Crows coming to Starlight later this summer ( separately ).
Loose Dudes, LL Cool J, Hall & Oates, and other notable shows.
Laugh all you want, because John Oates will have the last laugh.
1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats.
Gadsden swept Oñate on Thursday in the league semifinals (25-18, 25-14, 25-22).
My very first concert in Evansville was Hall and Oates.
This is Oates's eighth volume of poetry, yet her voice still lacks the readily identifiable features that make her one of America's most distinguished novelists.
Investec Loyal is pushing Wild Oats hard in the battle for Rolex Sydney-Hobart line honors.

In science:

The use of a floating point number allows for the extension to the non-relativistic case.
Generic User Process Interface for Event Generators
Expressions evaluate to yield ob jects of four basic types: node-set, Boolean, number (floating-point), and string.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
This is for convenience, since GAP doesn’t handle floating point.
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
It is our prediction that the asymptotic avalanche size distribution (in the ideal situation of infinite floating-point precision) is dominated by avalanches of size 1, with the weight of larger avalanches decreasing to zero with increasing system size.
The complex scaling behavior of non--conserved self--organized critical systems
With increasing systems size and decreasing α, the sensitivity to the floating-point precision increases, as shown in Fig. 5.
The complex scaling behavior of non--conserved self--organized critical systems