- The definition of a pasture is a large area of grassy flat land where it is appropriate to keep livestock, or is a new horizon for you to explore that may offer new opportunities.
- A large grassy field where cows graze on grass is an example of a pasture.
- The grass that cows eat on a large grassy field is an example of pasture.
- When you are given an exciting new job that presents may opportunities for promotion, this is an example of a time when you might be said to be leaving your job for greener pastures.
- To pasture is to put livestock into a field to graze, or to retire an old horse.
If you own an old race horse who is no longer able to race and you send him to live on a grassy field, this is an example of a time when you pasture.
Cows grazing in a large pasture.
pasture definition by Webster's New World
- grass or other growing plants used as food by grazing animals
- ground suitable for grazing
- a field, plot, etc. set aside for this
Origin: Old French ; from Late Latin pastura ; from Classical Latin pascere, to feed: see food
- to put (cattle, etc.) out to graze in a pasture
- to graze or feed on (grass, etc.)
- to provide with pasture: said of land
- pasturer noun
pasture definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Grass or other vegetation eaten as food by grazing animals.b. Ground on which such vegetation grows, especially that which is set aside for use by domestic grazing animals.
- The feeding or grazing of animals.
- To herd (animals) into a pasture to graze.
- To provide (animals) with pasturage. Used of land.
- a. To graze on (land or vegetation).b. To use (land) as pasture.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin pāstūra, from Latin pāstus, past participle of pāscere, to feed; see pā- in Indo-European roots.
- pasˈtur·a·ble adjective
- pasˈtur·er noun
pasture - Phrases/Idioms
put out to pasture
- to put in a pasture to graze
- to allow or compel to retire from work
put out to pasture
- To herd (grazing animals) into pasturable land. Informal
- To retire or compel to retire from work or a full workload.