What does forage mean?

Definitions for forage
ˈfɔr ɪdʒ, ˈfɒr-for·age

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eatage, forage, pasture, pasturage, grass(noun)

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

  2. foraging, forage(verb)

    the act of searching for food and provisions

  3. scrounge, forage(verb)

    collect or look around for (food)

  4. forage(verb)

    wander and feed

    "The animals forage in the woods"


  1. forage(Noun)

    Fodder for animals, especially cattle and horses.

  2. forage(Noun)

    An act or instance of foraging. u201D

  3. forage(Verb)

    To search for and gather food for animals, particularly cattle and horses.

  4. forage(Verb)

    To rampage through, gathering and destroying as one goes.

  5. forage(Verb)

    To rummage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forage(noun)

    the act of foraging; search for provisions, etc

  2. Forage(noun)

    food of any kind for animals, especially for horses and cattle, as grass, pasture, hay, corn, oats

  3. Forage(verb)

    to wander or rove in search of food; to collect food, esp. forage, for horses and cattle by feeding on or stripping the country; to ravage; to feed on spoil

  4. Forage(verb)

    to strip of provisions; to supply with forage; as, to forage steeds

  5. Origin: [OF. fourage, F. fourrage, fr. forre, fuerre, fodder, straw, F. feurre, fr. LL. foderum, fodrum, of German or Scand, origin; cf. OHG. fuotar, G. futter. See Fodder food, and cf. Foray.]


  1. Forage

    For bees, their forage or food supply consists of nectar and pollen from blooming plants within flight range. The forage sources for honey bees are an important consideration for beekeepers. In order to determine where to locate hives for maximum honey production and brood one must consider the off-season. If there are no honey flows the bees may have to be fed. Bees that are used for pollination are usually fed in the holding yards. Forage is also significant for pollination management with other bee species. Nectar contains sugars that are the primary source of energy for the bees' wing muscles and for heat for honey bee colonies for winter. Pollen provides the protein and trace minerals that are mostly fed to the brood in order to replace bees lost in the normal course of life cycle and colony activity. As a rule of thumb the foraging area around a beehive extends for two miles, although bees have been observed foraging twice and three times this distance from the hive. Experiments have shown that beehives within 4 miles of a food source will gain weight, but beyond that the energy expended is greater than that gained during the foraging flight. Foraging at extreme distances wears out the wings of individual bees, reduces the life expectancy of foraging bees and therefore the efficiency of the colony. The minimum temperature for active honeybee foraging is approximately 55 °F. Full foraging activity is not achieved until the temperature rises to 66 °F. There are small differences in the races of the Western honey bees at what temperature they will start foraging.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forage

    for′aj, n. fodder, or food for horses and cattle: provisions: the act of foraging.—v.i. to go about and forcibly carry off food for horses and cattle, as soldiers.—v.t. to plunder.—ns. For′age-cap, the undress cap worn by infantry soldiers; For′ager. [Fr. fourrage, O. Fr. feurre, fodder, of Teut. origin.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. forage

    Food for horses and cattle belonging to an army. Also, the act of a military force in collecting or searching for such forage, or for subsistence or stores for the men; or, with ill-disciplined troops, for valuables in general. Land-piracy.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. forage

    The hay, corn, fodder, and oats required for the subsistence of the animals in the army. The allowance of forage in the U. S. army is fixed by regulations at 14 pounds of hay and 12 of grain to each horse, and 14 pounds of hay and 9 of grain to each mule in the public service. Generals, field-officers, staff-officers, and cavalry officers receive forage for a certain number of private horses while actually kept in service.

  2. forage

    To collect supplies both for man and beast, from an enemy by force, from friends by impressment, but giving to friends receipts, to be paid ultimately.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forage in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of forage in a Sentence

  1. Eline Lorenzen:

    We can just say that this carbon signature is quite like that ofwalrusand bearded seals, both of which forage at the bottom of the sea.

  2. Lindsay Porter:

    When you increase that underwater noise, you not only stop dolphins from being able to forage ... we also stop them communicating with each other.

  3. Jeremy Kiszka:

    This is totally related to the sharks behavior, and sharks preferentially attacked isolated swimmers and surfers, at dusk and dawnespecially at dusk they tend to forage closer to shore.

  4. Divas Matinyadze:

    As beekeepers we jealously look after the environment because beekeeping depends on good water sources and good forage for pollen, there are lots of trees where my beehives are.

  5. Erick Arnoldson:

    The technology that goes into Livingston Lures is cutting edge, but our concept is simple. We are using advanced digital circuitry to produce a lure that mimics real forage species not only in the way that it swims and looks, but in the way that it sounds as well.

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