Definition of pasture in US English:



  • 1Land covered with grass and other low plants suitable for grazing animals, especially cattle or sheep.

    • ‘Yet the industry of raising cattle and sheep on irrigated pasture in California had gross revenues for that year of less than $100 million.’
    • ‘This difference, according to Davis, is mainly the result of fewer field animals killed in pasture and forage production than in the growing and harvest of grain, beans, and corn.’
    • ‘On this grassy pasture, it was covered with a few boulders here and there, a small pond and a few trees and shrubs.’
    • ‘The Niger here has an inland delta which permits the seasonal growing of rice, while other areas contain sufficient pasture for cattle, sheep, and goats.’
    • ‘One acre of pasture can provide adequate grazing but requires more management and equipment.’
    • ‘Wooden fences kept the animals in the grassy pasture, but the main road ran parallel to the farm.’
    • ‘There is unlikely to be a need to supplement major minerals when cattle are at pasture or on good silage apart from giving magnesium to lactating cows during the risk periods for grass tetany.’
    • ‘To the east of the track the land rises immediately and forested to the moors; the land to the west pans out as pasture after sheep pasture, interspersed with a few areas of springs and copses of alder or birch.’
    • ‘Three quarters of grassland seed mixtures sown in Britain include white clover, yet studies have shown that it only thrives in 20 per cent of fields used as pasture for cattle and sheep.’
    • ‘Further, more land was used within the existing area of cultivation, by reducing the amount of fallow land, and replacing permanent pasture and rough grazing with arable rotations.’
    • ‘The second part of this chapter deals with the utilization of the pasture by the grazing animals.’
    • ‘The time of the morning that cattle are removed from pasture before weighing can have an impact on both their BW and the amount of shrink they incur.’
    • ‘Furthermore, much of the Lincolnshire Wolds in its unenclosed state was sheep pasture, not arable land.’
    • ‘A pasture field was planted in Texas that had a severe RIFA infestation.’
    • ‘The duration and size of the grazing area will vary, as with dairy cows or cattle, taking into account, animal and pasture conditions.’
    • ‘It is rich, this island, in fruit and trees of various kinds, and it is suitable for pastures of sheep and cattle, and in some places vineyards grow.’
    • ‘The woodland and waste that lay beyond the cultivated land was common land, which provided timber for fuel and building, and rough pasture for cattle, sheep, and goats.’
    • ‘The animals in the fields awoke, the cattle in the pastures and the sheep in the folds, even the birds in the air awoke and began to call to each other, male to female.’
    • ‘Raging streams tore down fences, deposited huge logs on pasture and covered the land in thick gluggy silt.’
    • ‘Supplemental forage was provided on all grazing farms when pasture availability was limited.’
    grazing land, grazing, grassland, grass, pastureland, pasturage, range, ley, paddock, croft
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  • 2pasturesUsed to refer to a person's situation in life.

    ‘he has departed for the greener pastures of a corner office’
    • ‘True, this is an example of what can happen when an airport is complained about so much by residents it becomes uneconomic forcing the operators to give up, sell to a developer and walk off to pastures new.’
    • ‘He left for greener pastures; jobs in corporate security eventually led him to Dean Witter in 1985.’
    • ‘When I left for pastures new, I had literally a couple of dozen pencils, disposable ballpoints, marker pens, and highlighters stashed in my top drawer.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I left that job for greener pastures before the quarter began, but I still wonder what it's like to take a class from the guy.’
    • ‘How can Three Initial Corporation have an insurable interest in someone who's left for greener pastures?’
    • ‘The Empress just hit the dirt hard and I'm out the gate and headed for greener pastures.’
    • ‘A pioneering head teacher is moving on to pastures new.’
    • ‘How can I ‘encourage’ them to move on to pastures new?’
    • ‘Artists today are looking for greener pastures, but eventually I believe they will all will return to the stage - the pull is too much to resist.’
    • ‘But, with his contract up after the play-offs, the cash-strapped club can no longer afford his inflated salary and he looks bound for pastures new.’
    • ‘Once again he will be faced with the task of halting Celtic's trophy ambitions, and again he will do so fully aware that the opposition's star striker is set for pastures new and looking to write his name into the history books before he goes.’
    • ‘No doubt on each occasion stating that he would be a good person to elect, but once the election is over and he has not gained enough votes he is off looking for pastures new.’
    • ‘A couple of our members have moved to greener pastures.’
    • ‘There, I've accepted it - time to move on to pastures new.’
    • ‘Swindon Council's Artscape is trying to trace newly graduated artists who either trained or lived in the town before they went off to pastures new.’
    • ‘Unlike the immediate post-war twinnings, which had cultural exchange as their aim, this new generation of twinnings was looking to pastures new.’
    • ‘One of the ministries hardest hit is that of health where nurses, doctors and other health workers trained at great cost have decided to leave Zambia for greener pastures.’
    • ‘He recently finished his last two gigs in Calgary and will be hopping on a Greyhound bus with his trusty stand-up bass, headed for greener pastures across the country.’
    • ‘Romsey's first female curate is heading for pastures new.’
    • ‘So if she beats out the Second City people and wins the prestigious award, will this Dollard girl leave our fair city for the seemingly greener pastures of L.A. or Toronto?’
    • ‘In no respect is his decision to seek pastures new a matter of months before his 33rd birthday a consequence of fearing that his remarkable levels of excellence might be about to slip.’
    • ‘The pace of discovery is so carefully measured for most of play that when Elizabeth suddenly grows up decides she has to flee her home for the greener pastures of the US, it's a little jarring.’
    • ‘After his zillionaire left Montreal for the greener pastures of Toronto, Joey, who as a child dreamed of becoming a policeman, opted to start his own limo business and has been his own boss ever since.’
    • ‘I envy those who can up sticks and head for pastures new.’
    • ‘Once they find takings dwindling they will be off and away to pastures new and local traders will not be able to afford the high rents and rates, so lots of empty shops.’
    • ‘They left their homes in search of greener pastures, but these African immigrants end up in prison on Spanish-controlled Canary Island.’
    • ‘What happens if all those displaced white-collar workers can't find greener pastures?’
    • ‘Atlantic City officials say it's a sad day, but they won't fight the Miss America pageants decision to seek greener pastures.’
    • ‘Today, I am virtually the only person who provides any diversity at all in my street and it won't be long before I follow everyone else who used to live here quite happily and reluctantly escape to pastures new.’
    • ‘But research shows that there were plenty of people who were persuaded to leave Hull for pastures new for entirely different reasons.’
    • ‘They're searching for greener pastures, perhaps in Europe or the United States.’
    • ‘In the last two years, three of its highest profile personalities have defected for greener pastures.’
    • ‘What should be done with the football fields of super-hardened concrete that were once runways, once the inevitable happens and the airport tucks in its wings and hobbles off to greener pastures?’
    • ‘In the past few years, the public health sector has suffered considerable hemorrhage because of the mass exodus of staff that has quit the sector in search of greener pastures.’
    • ‘It took him three months, but having broken through Malcolm was rewarded with a steady stream of appearances at the end of the season which convinced him to sign a new two-year contract rather than seek pastures new.’
    • ‘Anticipating bad times ahead, my parents, like many people, left New Orleans for greener pastures long ago.’
    • ‘He's been here five years so he may want pastures new.’
    • ‘The ‘lifelong Evertonian’ scored 20 goals in 40 appearances in royal blue before deciding that he wanted to move on to pastures new.’
    • ‘But in the last few weeks after a few changes, it's become hard work and my heart's not really been in it so I've decided to move on to pastures new.’
    • ‘Mostly ‘fading stars’ are turning towards greener pastures.’


[with object]
  • 1Put (animals) in a pasture to graze.

    ‘they pastured their cows in the water meadow’
    • ‘Moreover, the private animals could be pastured on collective land.’
    • ‘By tracing a brand throughout the brand books, the history of a particular ranch can also be discovered-who took over the ranch and reregistered the brands, what types of livestock the ranch raised, and where the animals were pastured.’
    • ‘Young girls and boys could be responsible for pasturing animals.’
    • ‘Where were they going to pasture their sheep and graze their cows now that the land was taken?’
    • ‘Free choice, loose salt and minerals must be available to pasture horses at all times if such problems are to be prevented!’
    • ‘Without a dar, the Jalul and the handful of other nomadic groups relied on a socio-geographical order that gave them customary rights to migrate and pasture their animals in areas dominated by farmers.’
    • ‘When they were small enough, swamplands were drained and then used to pasture animals or planted with crops.’
    • ‘Access to common lands to pasture a few animals and to collect wood and fuel was vital to keeping many poor peasants and rural artisans from total dependence on wages.’
    • ‘In the past, he pastured his cattle all winter, but he has recently built a new addition on his barn.’
    • ‘Even though the pastured yearlings gained less weight, they also deposited less fat than pastured horses receiving grain that provided 50% of the NRC energy requirement.’
    • ‘Just once he let another man pasture a few animals there for the price of grazing.’
    • ‘Despite visible warning signs, cattle are still pastured on these hills once targeted by NATO planes, and this farmer says he is little concerned about any possible danger.’
    • ‘Farmers who pastured llamas with sheep discovered that fewer sheep were lost to coyotes.’
    • ‘When crops were in the ground, they were pastured outside of the village and tended by herders, while the working oxen, horses, and milk cows were kept nearby.’
    • ‘Frequently the boys slept instead of pasturing the herd.’
    • ‘Inmarken was enclosed to protect the growing crops and grasses from the grazing animals that were pastured on the surrounding area, or utmarken, outside the village enclosure.’
    • ‘Common sense suggests that they are unlikely to be generated on enclosed land which is intensively used for pasturing animals.’
    • ‘On common lands they could pasture a cow and gather firewood.’
    • ‘Two rustic horsemen courteously stand aside, taking the chance to pasture their horses, whilst an oxcart passes on the steep track.’
    • ‘A woman in the same community sighed that her teenage son complained about pasturing the sheep; he felt that only women and children, not men, should be in the hills with the herds.’
    1. 1.1no object (of animals) graze.
      ‘the livestock pastured and the crops grew’
      • ‘The prince often let his palace horses out to pasture in the fields, to wander and graze, and whenever the peasant's horse saw his brother, he trotted over to visit.’
      • ‘Dairy animals pasture on hillsides where machines dare not go.’
      feed, eat, crop, browse, ruminate, pasture, nibble, take nourishment
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  • put someone out to pasture

    • Force someone to retire.

      • ‘When it's ready, the old Screen Machine will be put out to pasture in Ayrshire, or Stornoway, or Campbeltown.’
      • ‘He should be put out to pasture along with his philosophy of trying to unionize the world.’
      • ‘It may come to a point where we should just put him out to pasture, to not work him anymore.’
      • ‘She has no idea what is expected of her, and Henry divorces her and puts her out to pasture.’
      • ‘NPC boss Li is said to be resisting efforts to put him out to pasture.’
      • ‘But only time can tell if the Sacred Cow will be put out to pasture.’
      • ‘Some of the others need to be put out to pasture also.’
      • ‘Celtic supporters had been quite comfortable with the idea of their hero voluntarily going out to pasture among the fjords, so some felt a little hurt that he now intends to have one last hurrah without them.’
      • ‘I hope that when I begin to suffer from Alzheimer's disease (preferably at a very advanced age) that whatever newspaper I am writing for has the good sense to put me out to pasture.’
      • ‘Right now, it's commonplace to hear many people in their fifties saying they've had enough of working life and their employers are offering generous packages to put them out to pasture.’
      • ‘That's the name to remember in 20 years when somebody asks you who finally put him out to pasture.’
      • ‘‘Hollywood wants to put me out to pasture, when I really want to rock,’ he complains.’
      • ‘‘Old senile me,’ Eric said, ‘Time to put me out to pasture.’’
      • ‘Recent polls indicate those vegetarians might put him out to pasture if he stands for re-election next year.’
      • ‘We think that if he was a CEO, he would be out to pasture now with a pretty good compensation contract to match probably.’
      • ‘All seven British Airways Concordes put out to pasture for the pleasure of the viewing public have now been sent to their new homes.’
      • ‘She wasn't aging particularly well, so I put her out to pasture, tucked away in a flip case next to ‘Parasite Eve’ and ‘Warhawk’.’
      • ‘People think at my age I've been put out to pasture, but I'm still very, very active and feel I can still do a job for someone.’
      • ‘You'll remember this because you were born the same year I was, and neither of us were afraid we'd be put out to pasture yet.’
      • ‘In another day and another war, he might have been put out to pasture as a wounded vet with a VA disability pension.’
      • ‘He thinks there's a serial killer at work - but his colleagues, believing the case to be closed, put him out to pasture.’


Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin pastura ‘grazing’, from past- ‘grazed’, from the verb pascere.