graze

Cows graze on grass, and people graze on snacks and finger foods. Graze can also mean to scrape, like when you graze your elbow after falling off your bike.

Graze means "to feed on grass" as sheep, horses, cows, do in a meadow β€” they eat a little at a time, but constantly. People sometimes graze too, munching on small snacks all day long instead of having a real meal. It also means β€œto touch lightly,” like when I pitch a baseball to you β€” and I accidentally hit your arm. With luck, the ball only grazed you, meaning you aren't hurt at all.

Primary Meanings of graze

1.
vn
feed as in a meadow or pasture
the act of grazing
2.
vn
break the skin (of a body part) by scraping
a superficial abrasion
Full Definitions of graze
1

v feed as in a meadow or pasture

“the herd was grazing
Synonyms:
browse, crop, pasture, range
range
let eat
crop, pasture
let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
Type of:
eat, feed
take in food; used of animals only

v let feed in a field or pasture or meadow

Synonyms:
crop, pasture
browse, crop, pasture, range
feed as in a meadow or pasture
Types:
grass
feed with grass
drift
drive slowly and far afield for grazing
Type of:
feed, give
give food to

v eat lightly, try different dishes

Synonyms:
browse
Type of:
nosh, snack
eat a snack; eat lightly

n the act of grazing

Synonyms:
grazing
Type of:
eating, feeding
the act of consuming food
2

v break the skin (of a body part) by scraping

“She was grazed by the stray bullet”
Type of:
injure, wound
cause injuries or bodily harm to

v scrape gently

graze the skin”
Synonyms:
crease, rake
Types:
shave
touch the surface of lightly
skive
remove the surface of
Type of:
brush
touch lightly and briefly

n a superficial abrasion

Type of:
abrasion, excoriation, scrape, scratch
an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off

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