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Grazing Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    grazing n
  1. the act of grazing [syn: graze]
  2. the act of brushing against while passing [syn: shaving, skimming]
Grazing Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Graze \Graze\ (gr[=a]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grazed (gr[=a]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Grazing.] [OE. grasen, AS. grasian, fr. gr[ae]s grass. See Grass.]
  1. To feed or supply (cattle, sheep, etc.) with grass; to furnish pasture for. A field or two to graze his cows. --Swift.
  2. To feed on; to eat (growing herbage); to eat grass from (a pasture); to browse. The lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead. --Pope.
  3. To tend (cattle, etc.) while grazing. When Jacob grazed his uncle Laban's sheep. --Shak.
  4. To rub or touch lightly the surface of (a thing) in passing; as, the bullet grazed the wall.
Grazing Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Grazing \Graz"ing\, n.
  1. The act of one who, or that which, grazes.
  2. A pasture; growing grass.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Grazing'


Grazing generally describes a type of predation in which a herbivore feeds on plants (such as grasses), and also on other multicellular autotrophs (such as algae). 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 (see generalist and specialist species).

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 other low vegetation, 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.

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