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Meaning of FORAGE

Pronunciation:  'forij

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of searching for food and provisions
  2. [n]  animal food for browsing or grazing
  3. [v]  hunt for food or provisions
  4. [v]  wander and feed; of animals
  5. [v]  collect or look around for (food)

FORAGE is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: eatage, foraging, grass, pasturage, pasture, scrounge
 See Also: eat, feed, feed, hunt, hunt, hunt, hunt down, hunt down, hunting, predate, prey, provender, raven, run, run, search, track down, track down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \For"age\ (?; 48), n. [OF. fourage, F. fourrage, fr.
    forre, fuerre, fodder, straw, F. feurre, fr. LL. foderum,
    fodrum, of German or Scand, origin; cf. OHG. fuotar, G.
    futter. See {Fodder} food, and cf. {Foray}.]
    1. The act of foraging; search for provisions, etc.
             He [the lion] from forage will incline to play.
             One way a band select from forage drives A herd of
             beeves, fair oxen and fair kine.      --Milton.
             Mawhood completed his forage unmolested. --Marshall.
    2. Food of any kind for animals, especially for horses and
       cattle, as grass, pasture, hay, corn, oats. --Dryden.
    {Forage cap}. See under {Cap}.
    {Forage master} (Mil.), a person charged with providing
       forage and the means of transporting it. --Farrow.
  2. \For"age\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Foraged}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To wander or rove in search of food; to collect food, esp.
    forage, for horses and cattle by feeding on or stripping the
    country; to ravage; to feed on spoil.
          His most mighty father on a hill Stood smiling to
          behold his lion's whelp Forage in blood of French
          nobility.                                --Shak.
    {Foraging ant} (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of ants of
       the genus {Eciton}, very abundant in tropical America,
       remarkable for marching in vast armies in search of food.
    {Foraging cap}, a forage cap.
    {Foraging party}, a party sent out after forage.
  3. \For"age\, v. t.
    To strip of provisions; to supply with forage; as, to forage
    steeds. --Pope.
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