Webster 1913 Edition
gærs; akin to OFries.
gers, OS., D., G., Icel., & Goth.
gräs, and prob. to E.
Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute the food of cattle and other beasts; pasture.
An endogenous plant having simple leaves, a stem generally jointed and tubular, the husks or glumes in pairs, and the seed single.
☞ This definition includes wheat, rye, oats, barley, etc., and excludes clover and some other plants which are commonly called by the name of grass. The grasses form a numerous family of plants.
The season of fresh grass; spring.
Two years old next
Metaphorically used for what is transitory.
Surely the people is
Is. xl. 7.
☞ Many plants are popularly called grasses which are not true grasses botanically considered, such as black
a kind of small rush (–
Juncus Gerardi), growing in salt marshes, used for making salt hay.
Grass of the Andes,
an oat grass, the–
Arrhenatherum avenaceumof Europe.
Grass of Parnassus,
a plant of the genus–
Parnassiagrowing in wet ground. The European species is
Parnassia palustris; in the United States there are several species.
the calico bass.–
a cloth woven from the tough fibers of the grass-cloth plant.–
a perennial herb of the Nettle family (–
Urtica nivea), which grows in Sumatra,
China, and Assam, whose inner bark has fine and strong fibers suited for textile purposes.
(a)A common American sparrow (
Poöcætes gramineus); – called also
(b)Any Australian finch, of the genus
Poëphila, of which several species are known.
a lamb suckled by a dam running on pasture land and giving rich milk.–
land kept in grass and not tilled.–
one of many small moths of the genus–
Crambus, found in grass.
a fragrant essential volatile oil, obtained in India from grasses of the genus–
Andropogon, etc.; – used in perfumery under the name of
ginger grass oil,
lemon grass oil,
essence of verbenaetc.
South African owl (–
ny of several species of Australian parrots, of the genus–
Euphemia; – also applied to the zebra parrakeet.
he upland or field plover.–
species of willowwort (
one of several tropical American finches of the genus–
Euetheia. The males have most of the head and chest black and often marked with yellow.
The common English, or ringed, snake (
The common green snake of the Northern United States. See–
Green snake, under
the pectoral sandpiper (–
Tringa maculata); – called also
a common spider (–
Agelena nævia), which spins flat webs on grass, conspicuous when covered with dew.
an inferior kind of commercial sponge from Florida and the Bahamas.–
Earth table, under
a vetch (–
Lathyrus Nissolia), with narrow grasslike leaves.
[Cf. Prov. R. an unmarried mother, G.
strohwittwea mock widow, Sw.
gräsenkaa grass widow.]
An unmarried woman who is a mother.
A woman separated from her husband by abandonment or prolonged absence; a woman living apart from her husband.
To bring to grass
to raise, as ore, to the surface of the ground.–
To put to grass,
To put out to grass
to put out to graze a season, as cattle.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To cover with grass or with turf.
To expose, as flax, on the grass for bleaching, etc.
To bring to the grass or ground; to land;
as, to grass a fish.
To produce grass.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.In common usage, herbage; the plants which constitute the food of cattle and other beasts.
2.In botany, a plant having simple leaves, a stem generally jointed and tubular, a husky calyx, called glume, and the seed single. This definition includes wheat, rye, oats, barley, &c., and excludes clover and some other plants which are commonly called by the name of grass. The grasses form a numerous family of plants.
Grass of Parnassus, a plant, the Parnassia.
See also: Grass
grass (countable and uncountable, plural grasses)
- (countable, uncountable) Any plant of the family Poaceae, characterized by leaves that arise from nodes in the stem and leaf bases that wrap around the stem, especially those grown as ground cover rather than for grain.
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- 'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.
- (countable) Various plants not in family Poaceae that resemble grasses.
- (uncountable) A lawn.
- (uncountable, slang) Marijuana.
- (countable, slang) An informer, police informer; one who betrays a group (of criminals, etc) to the authorities.
- (uncountable, physics) Sharp, closely spaced discontinuities in the trace of a cathode-ray tube, produced by random interference.
- (uncountable, slang) Noise on an A-scope or similar type of radar display.
- The season of fresh grass; spring.
- (Can we date this quote?), Latham, (Please provide the title of the work):
- two years old next grass
- (obsolete, figuratively) That which is transitory.
- Bible Is. xl. 7
- Surely the people is grass.
- Bible Is. xl. 7
- (Poaceae): Gramineae (alternative name)
Terms derived from grass (noun)
ground cover plant
- Poaceae on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
- Grass (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
grass (third-person singular simple present grasses, present participle grassing, simple past and past participle grassed)
- (transitive) To lay out on the grass; to knock down (an opponent etc.).
- 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty, Norton, published 2005, page 709:
- He flew at me with his knife, and I had to grass him twice, and got a cut over the knuckles, before I had the upper hand of him.
- (transitive or intransitive, slang) To act as a grass or informer, to betray; to report on (criminals etc) to the authorities.
- 2004, David Nobbs, Sex and Other Changes, page 95:
- (transitive) To cover with grass or with turf.
- (transitive) To expose, as flax, on the grass for bleaching, etc.
- (transitive) To bring to the grass or ground; to land.
- to grass a fish
to inform on
To cover with grass or with turf