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ˈgreɪ zɪŋgraz·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. graze, grazingnoun

    the act of grazing

  2. grazing, shaving, skimmingnoun

    the act of brushing against while passing


  1. Grazing

    In agriculture, grazing is a method of animal husbandry whereby domestic livestock are allowed outdoors to roam around and consume wild vegetations in order to convert the otherwise indigestible (by human gut) cellulose within grass and other forages into meat, milk, wool and other animal products, often on land unsuitable for arable farming. Farmers may employ many different strategies of grazing for optimum production: grazing may be continuous, seasonal, or rotational within a grazing period. Longer rotations are found in ley farming, alternating arable and fodder crops; in rest rotation, deferred rotation, and mob grazing, giving grasses a longer time to recover or leaving land fallow. Patch-burn sets up a rotation of fresh grass after burning with two years of rest. Conservation grazing proposes to use grazing animals to improve the biodiversity of a site, but studies show that the greatest benefit to biodiversity comes from removing grazing animals from the landscape.Grazing has existed since the beginning of agriculture; sheep and goats were domesticated by nomads before the first permanent settlements were constructed around 7000 BC, enabling cattle and pigs to be kept. Livestock grazing contributes to many negative effects on the environment, including deforestation, extinction of native wildlife, pollution of streams and rivers, overgrazing, soil degradation, ecological disturbance, desertification, and ecosystem stability.


  1. grazing

    Grazing is the act or process of animals feeding on plants, usually grass, in fields or other open spaces, allowing them to move around freely. This term is typically used in context of raising livestock such as cows, goats, sheep, or horses. It can also refer to the act of eating small amounts of food throughout the day.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grazing

    of Graze

  2. Grazingnoun

    the act of one who, or that which, grazes

  3. Grazingnoun

    a pasture; growing grass


  1. Grazing

    Grazing generally describes a type of feeding, in which a herbivore feeds on plants, and also on other multicellular autotrophs. Grazing differs from true predation because the organism being eaten from is not generally killed, and it differs from parasitism as the two organisms do not live together, nor is the grazer necessarily so limited in what it can eat. Many small selective herbivores follow larger grazers, who skim off the highest, tough growth of plants, exposing tender shoots. For terrestrial animals, grazing is normally distinguished from browsing in that grazing is eating grass or forbs, and browsing is eating woody twigs and leaves from trees and shrubs. Grazing is important in agriculture, in which domestic livestock are used to convert grass and other forage into meat, milk and other products. The word graze derives from the Old English grasian, "graze", itself related to OE graes, "grass". Water animals that feed for example on algae found on stones are called grazers-scrapers. Grazers-scrapers feed also on microorganism and dead organic matter on various substrates.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grazing in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grazing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of grazing in a Sentence

  1. Derek Donkin:

    Forestry plantations are being felled and cleared and avocados planted, there are also areas that were either bush or some grazing that's been planted to avocados.

  2. Riley Gaines:

    I was physically assaulted by one person. I was struck twice, both times hitting my shoulder with the second strike grazing my face, the rest of the protestors just ambushed and cornered me before I was able to move out with the help of campus police.

  3. Stuart Roberts:

    Grazing cattle is the most sustainable way to use land for food production which is unsuitable for growing any other crop, by using our grasslands in this way we can sequester carbon at the same time as turning inedible grass into a highly nutritious protein which our growing population can enjoy.

  4. Michelle Madison:

    I was inspired to make a DIY Halloween charcuterie board on a budget to help others see how fun and creative you can get with the grazing trend.

  5. Nikos Koltsidas:

    It doesn't require the effort it did in the past, where the farmer had to be on the farm the whole day, grazing the animals or milking them with their hands, to those thinking about going back to working in coal, they should look at all the regions that are thriving without it.

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