What does pasture mean?

Definitions for pasture
ˈpæs tʃər, ˈpɑs-; -ˌlændpas·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pasture, pastureland, grazing land, lea, leynoun

    a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock

  2. eatage, forage, pasture, pasturage, grassverb

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

  3. crop, graze, pastureverb

    let feed in a field or pasture or meadow

  4. crop, browse, graze, range, pastureverb

    feed as in a meadow or pasture

    "the herd was grazing"


  1. pasturenoun

    land on which cattle can be kept for feeding.

  2. pasturenoun

    Ground covered with grass or herbage, used or suitable for the grazing of livestock.

  3. pasturenoun

    Food, nourishment.

  4. pastureverb

    To move animals into a pasture to graze.

  5. pastureverb

    To graze.

  6. Etymology: From pastour, and pasture, from pastura, from the stem of pascere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pasturenoun

    Etymology: pasture, French.

    Unto the conservation is required a solid pasture, and a food congenerous unto nature. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    A careless herd,
    Full of the pasture, jumps along by him,
    And never stays. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    When there was not room for their herds to feed together, they, by consent, separated and enlarged their pasture where it best liked them. John Locke.

    The new tribes look abroad
    On nature’s common, far as they can see
    Or wing, their range and pasture. James Thomson, Spring.

    From the first pastures of our infant age,
    To elder cares and man’s severer page
    We lash the pupil. Dryden.

  2. To Pastureverb

    To place in a pasture.

    Etymology: from the noun.

  3. To Pastureverb

    To graze on the ground.

    Etymology: from the noun

    The cattle in the fields and meadows green
    Those rare and solitary; these in flocks
    Pasturing at once, and in broad herds upsprung. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pasturenoun

    food; nourishment

  2. Pasturenoun

    specifically: Grass growing for the food of cattle; the food of cattle taken by grazing

  3. Pasturenoun

    grass land for cattle, horses, etc.; pasturage

  4. Pastureverb

    to feed, esp. to feed on growing grass; to supply grass as food for; as, the farmer pastures fifty oxen; the land will pasture forty cows

  5. Pastureverb

    to feed on growing grass; to graze

  6. Etymology: [OF. pasture, F. pture, L. pastura, fr. pascere, pastum, to pasture, to feed. See Pastor.]


  1. Pasture

    Pasture is land used for grazing. Pasture lands in the narrow sense are enclosed tracts of farmland, grazed by domesticated livestock, such as horses, cattle, sheep or swine. The vegetation of tended pasture, forage, consists mainly of grasses, with an interspersion of legumes and other forbs. Pasture is typically grazed throughout the summer, in contrast to meadow which is used for grazing only after being mown to make hay for winter fodder. Pasture in a wider sense additionally includes rangelands, other unenclosed pastoral systems and land types used by wild animals for grazing or browsing. Pasture lands in the narrow sense are distinguished from rangelands by being managed through more intensive agricultural practices of seeding, irrigation, and the use of fertilizers, while rangelands grow primarily native vegetation, managed with extensive practices like controlled burning and regulated intensity of grazing. Soil type, minimum annual temperature, and rainfall are important factors in pasture management. Prior to the advent of factory farming with its use of "zero-grazing" feeding techniques, pasture was the primary source of food for grazing animals such as cattle and horses. It is still used extensively, particularly in arid regions where pasture land is unsuitable for any other agricultural production. In more humid regions, pasture grazing is exploited extensively for free range and organic farming. It is an important biotic resource.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pasture

    past′ūr, n. grass for grazing: ground covered with grass for grazing.—v.t. to feed on pasture: to supply with grass.—v.i. to feed on pasture: to graze.—adj. Past′ūrable, that can be pastured: fit for pasture.—ns. Past′ūrage, the business of feeding or grazing cattle: pasture-land: grass for feeding; Past′ūre-land, land appropriated to pasture.—adj. Past′ūreless, destitute of pasture. [O. Fr. pasture (Fr. pâture)—L. pasturapascĕre, pastum, to feed.]

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  1. uprates, uptears

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pasture in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pasture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of pasture in a Sentence

  1. Matt Rosendale:

    There's a bunch of irrigated ground and I lease it to one of my neighbors and he grows crops on it, and then there's dry farmland and I lease that to another neighbor, and then I've got all the native pasture and I lease that to another guy who runs cattle.

  2. Harry Reid:

    I've said publicly in Nevada on more than one occasion -- we have, one of our statues, is Pat McCarran, i think he should be put out to pasture some place. I think he doesn't represent the things I think our country stands for certainly what Nevada doesn't stand for. So the statues are important. They really send a message.

  3. Charity Kokwai:

    Decades ago, it was men's role to search for pasture for the livestock but of late women are looking after livestock.

  4. Criminal Justice spokesperson Robert Hurst:

    Last we saw him he was fleeing across the cow pasture west of Centerville.

  5. Emily Bartlett:

    When you have cows that have been raised on a pasture, the butter will have a better nutritional profile.

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