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Meaning of grass by Wiktionary Dictionary

grass


    Etymology

    From Middle English gras, gres, gers, from Old English græs, gærs ( “grass, blade of grass, herb, young corn, hay, plant; pasture” ), from Proto-Germanic *grasan ( “grass” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰreh₁- ( “to grow” ). Cognate with Scots girs, gers, gress ( “grass” ), North Frisian gäärs, geers ( “grass” ), Eastern Frisian gäärs ( “grass” ), West Frisian gers ( “grass” ), Dutch gras ( “grass, turf, pasture” ), German Gras ( “grass, weed” ), Danish græs ( “grass” ), Swedish gräs ( “grass” ), Icelandic gras ( “grass” ), Latin herba ( “plant, weed, grass” ). Related to grow, green .

    Pronunciation

    • ( RP, Australia ) enPR: gräs, IPA: /ɡɹɑːs/, X-SAMPA: /grA:s/
    • Rhymes: -ɑːs
    • ( northern England, US ) enPR: grăs, IPA: /ɡɹæs/, X-SAMPA: /gr{s/
    • Rhymes: -æs

    Noun

    Grass.

    grass ( countable and uncountable; plural: grasses )

    1. ( countable, uncountable ) Any plant of the family Poaceae, characterized by leaves that arise from nodes in the stem, wrap around it for a distance, and leave, especially those grown as ground cover rather than for grain .
    2. ( uncountable ) A lawn .
    3. ( uncountable, slang ) Marijuana .
    4. ( countable, slang ) An informer, police informer; one who betrays a group ( of criminals, etc ) to the authorities .
    5. ( uncountable, physics ) Sharp, closely spaced discontinuities in the trace of a cathode-ray tube, produced by random interference .
    6. ( uncountable, slang ) Noise on an A-scope or similar type of radar display .

    Synonyms

    • ( Poaceae ): Gramineae ( alternative name )

    See also

    • Wikispecies-logo.svg Poaceae on Wikispecies.

    Verb

    grass ( third-person singular simple present grasses present participle grassing, simple past and past participle grassed )

    1. ( transitive ) To lay out on the grass; to knock down ( an opponent etc. ).
    2. ( transitive or intransitive, slang ) To act as a grass or informer, to betray; to report on ( criminals etc ) to the authorities .


Explanation of grass by Wordnet Dictionary

grass


    Verb
    1. give away information about somebody

    2. shoot down, of birds

    3. feed with grass

    4. cover with grass

    5. spread out clothes on the grass to let it dry and bleach

    6. cover with grass

    7. The owners decided to grass their property
    Noun
    1. street names for marijuana

    2. bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattle

    3. a police informer who implicates many people

    4. German writer of novels and poetry and plays ( born 1927 )

    5. narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns



    Definition of grass by GCIDE Dictionary

    grass


    1. Grass ( grȧs ), n. [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.]
      1. Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute the food of cattle and other beasts; pasture.

      2. ( Bot. ) 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.

      3. The season of fresh grass; spring. [Colloq.]

      Two years old next grass. Latham.

      4. Metaphorically used for what is transitory.

      Surely the people is grass. Is. xl. 7.

      5. Marijuana. [Slang]

      ☞ The following list includes most of the grasses of the United States of special interest, except cereals. Many of these terms will be found with definitions in the Vocabulary. See Illustrations in Appendix.


      Barnyard grass, for hay. South. Panicum Grus-galli.

      Bent, pasture and hay. Agrostis, several species.

      Bermuda grass, pasture. South. Cynodon Dactylon.

      Black bent. Same as Switch grass ( below ).

      Blue bent, hay. North and West. Andropogon provincialis.

      Blue grass, pasture. Poa compressa.

      Blue joint, hay. Northwest. Aqropyrum glaucum.

      Buffalo grass, grazing. Rocky Mts., etc. Buchloë dectyloides. Same as Grama grass ( below ).

      Bunch grass, grazing. Far West. Eriocoma, Festuca, Stips, etc.

      Chess, or Cheat, a weed. Bromus secalinus, etc.

      Couch grass. Same as Quick grass ( below ).

      Crab grass, Hay, in South. A weed, in North. Panicum sanguinale. Pasture and hay. South. Eleusine Indica.

      Darnel Bearded, a noxious weed. Lolium temulentum. Common. Same as Rye grass ( below ).

      Drop seed, fair for forage and hay. Muhlenbergia, several species.

      English grass. Same as Redtop ( below ).

      Fowl meadow grass. Pasture and hay. Poa serotina. Hay, on moist land. Gryceria nervata.

      Gama grass, cut fodder. South. Tripsacum dactyloides.

      Grama grass, grazing. West and Pacific slope. Bouteloua oligostachya, etc.

      Great bunch grass, pasture and hay. Far West. Festuca scabrella.

      Guinea grass, hay. South. Panicum jumentorum.

      Herd's grass, in New England Timothy, in Pennsylvania and South Redtop.

      Indian grass. Same as Wood grass ( below ).

      Italian rye grass, forage and hay. Lolium Italicum.

      Johnson grass, grazing and hay. South and Southwest. Sorghum Halepense.

      Kentucky blue grass, pasture. Poa pratensis.

      Lyme grass, coarse hay. South. Elymus, several species.

      Manna grass, pasture and hay. Glyceria, several species.

      Meadow fescue, pasture and hay. Festuca elatior.

      Meadow foxtail, pasture, hay, lawn. North. Alopecurus pratensis.

      Meadow grass, pasture, hay, lawn. Poa, several species.

      Mesquite grass, or Muskit grass. Same as Grama grass ( above ).

      Nimble Will, a kind of drop seed. Muhlenbergia diffsa.

      Orchard grass, pasture and hay. Dactylis glomerata.

      Porcupine grass, troublesome to sheep. Northwest. Stipa spartea.

      Quaking grass, ornamental. Briza media and maxima.

      Quitch, or Quick, grass, etc., a weed. Agropyrum repens.

      Ray grass. Same as Rye grass ( below ).

      Redtop, pasture and hay. Agrostis vulgaris.

      Red-topped buffalo grass, forage. Northwest. Poa tenuifolia.

      Reed canary grass, of slight value. Phalaris arundinacea.

      Reed meadow grass, hay. North. Glyceria aquatica.

      Ribbon grass, a striped leaved form of Reed canary grass.

      Rye grass, pasture, hay. Lolium perenne, var.

      Seneca grass, fragrant basket work, etc. North. Hierochloa borealis.

      Sesame grass. Same as Gama grass ( above ).

      Sheep's fescue, sheep pasture, native in Northern Europe and Asia. Festuca ovina.

      Small reed grass, meadow pasture and hay. North. Deyeuxia Canadensis.

      Spear grass, Same as Meadow grass ( above ).

      Squirrel-tail grass, troublesome to animals. Seacoast and Northwest. Hordeum jubatum.

      Switch grass, hay, cut young. Panicum virgatum.

      Timothy, cut young, the best of hay. North. Phleum pratense.

      Velvet grass, hay on poor soil. South. Holcus lanatus.

      Vernal grass, pasture, hay, lawn. Anthoxanthum odoratum.

      Wire grass, valuable in pastures. Poa compressa.

      Wood grass, Indian grass, hay. Chrysopogon nutanGrass ( grȧs ), n. [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.]
      1. Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute the food of cattle and other beasts; pasture.

      2. ( Bot. ) 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.

      3. The season of fresh grass; spring. [Colloq.]

      Two years old next grass. Latham.

      4. Metaphorically used for what is transitory.

      Surely the people is grass. Is. xl. 7.

      5. Marijuana. [Slang]

      ☞ The following list includes most of the grasses of the United States of special interest, except cereals. Many of these terms will be found with definitions in the Vocabulary. See Illustrations in Appendix.


      Barnyard grass, for hay. South. Panicum Grus-galli.

      Bent, pasture and hay. Agrostis, several species.

      Bermuda grass, pasture. South. Cynodon Dactylon.

      Black bent. Same as Switch grass ( below ).

      Blue bent, hay. North and West. Andropogon provincialis.

      Blue grass, pasture. Poa compressa.

      Blue joint, hay. Northwest. Aqropyrum glaucum.

      Buffalo grass, grazing. Rocky Mts., etc. Buchloë dectyloides. Same as Grama grass ( below ).

      Bunch grass, grazing. Far West. Eriocoma, Festuca, Stips, etc.

      Chess, or Cheat, a weed. Bromus secalinus, etc.

      Couch grass. Same as Quick grass ( below ).

      Crab grass, Hay, in South. A weed, in North. Panicum sanguinale. Pasture and hay. South. Eleusine Indica.

      Darnel Bearded, a noxious weed. Lolium temulentum. Common. Same as Rye grass ( below ).

      Drop seed, fair for forage and hay. Muhlenbergia, several species.

      English grass. Same as Redtop ( below ).

      Fowl meadow grass. Pasture and hay. Poa serotina. Hay, on moist land. Gryceria nervata.

      Gama grass, cut fodder. South. Tripsacum dactyloides.

      Grama grass, grazing. West and Pacific slope. Bouteloua oligostachya, etc.

      Great bunch grass, pasture and hay. Far West. Festuca scabrella.

      Guinea grass, hay. South. Panicum jumentorum.

      Herd's grass, in New England Timothy, in Pennsylvania and South Redtop.

      Indian grass. Same as Wood grass ( below ).

      Italian rye grass, forage and hay. Lolium Italicum.

      Johnson grass, grazing and
    2. Grass v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grassed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Grassing.]
      1. To cover with grass or with turf.

      2. To expose, as flax, on the grass for bleaching, etc.

      3. To bring to the grass or ground; to land; as, “to grass a fish”. [Colloq.]

    3. Grass v. i. To produce grass. [R.] Tusser.