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graze

1. To eat small amounts of food over a period of time, usually instead of full meals. I've been grazing all day, so I'm not very hungry right now.
2. To eat a variety of foods in small quantities at one time, instead of a full meal. I'm not too hungry, I think I'll just graze at the party.
3. To touch or scrape one without causing significant injury. Often said of gunshot wounds. You're so lucky the bullet only grazed your shoulder—a few inches lower, and you would have been in big trouble.

graze against (someone or something)

To lightly touch or brush against someone or something. The room was so crowded that I ended up grazing against a bunch of people on my way to the refreshment table. The feather grazed against my neck and made me shiver.
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graze on (something)

1. Of animals, to eat the greens or vegetables in a particular area or location. I put up a fence to try to keep the deer from grazing on my land.
2. Of animals, to eat something in particular. I put up a fence to try to keep the deer from grazing on the vegetables in my garden.
3. Of people, to eat small amounts of food over a period of time, usually instead of full meals. I've been grazing on snacks all day, so I'm not very hungry right now.
4. Of people, to eat a variety of foods in small quantities at one time, instead of a full meal. I'm not too hungry, I think I'll just graze on some snacks at the party.
See also: graze, on
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

graze against someone or something

to brush or scrape against someone or something. The car grazed against the side of the truck. I grazed against an old man as I was jogging this morning.
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graze on something

 
1. [for animals] to browse or forage in a particular location. The cattle are grazing on the neighbor's land. I wish they wouldn't graze on other people's land.
2. [for animals] to browse or forage, eating something in particular. The deer are grazing on my carrots! The cows were grazing on the meadow grasses for weeks.
See also: graze, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

graze

and browse
in. to eat a bit of everything at parties. We will just graze on party snacks rather than eat a full meal. I think I’ll just browse here and skip going out to dinner.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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A modelling approach to screen grazeable forage options for automatic milking system herds.
System fitness of grazeable forages for large herds in automatic milking system.
Modelling pasture-based automatic milking system herds: grazeable forage options.
Modelling pasture-based automatic milking system herds: system fitness of grazeable home-grown forages, land areas and walking distances.
Effect of herd sizes, pasture utilisation (P) and rates of grazeable complementary forage rotation (CFR) use on walking distances (from parlour to paddock [distance, km] and total walking distance in km in a day), energy loss due to grazing and walking, milking frequency (MF) and milking interval (MI) Herd size P (t CFR SR Area Distance MF (n) DM/ha) (%) (cow/ha) (ha) (km) (no./d) 400 15.0 0 4.0 100 1.2 1.6 30 (a) 5.0 80 0.9 1.6 19.7 0 5.0 80 0.9 1.6 30 (b) 5.7 70 0.8 1.6 600 15.0 0 4.0 150 1.8 1.5 30 (a) 5.0 120 1.4 1.6 19.7 0 5.0 120 1.4 1.6 30 (b) 5.7 110 1.3 1.6 800 15.0 0 4.0 200 2.4 1.5 30 (a) 5.0 160 1.9 1.5 19.7 0 5.0 160 1.9 1.5 30 (b) 5.7 140 1.6 1.5 Herd size P (t CFR No.
Overall, our results showed that neither pasture nor CFS would allow large AMS herds (600 or 800 cows) to be grazed within 1-km distance of the dairy if 50% of the diet was to be generated through grazeable feed although increased proportion of CFS decreased land area requirements and hence maximum and average walking distances.
Farm areas and stocking rate of cows required for different herd sizes managed in moderate and high pasture utilisation system with different rates of grazeable complementary forage rotation (CFR) in automatic milking system Pasture CFR Stocking Farm areas % home grown feed utilisation (%) rate required (ha) produced on farm (cow/ha) (1) Herd size (n) Herd size (n) 400 600 800 400 600 800 Moderate 0 4.0 100 150 200 43 29 22 (15.0 t DM/ha) 10 4.3 100 140 190 47 31 24 20 4.7 90 130 170 51 34 25 30 5.0 80 120 160 55 36 27 40 5.5 80 110 150 58 39 29 50 5.7 70 110 140 62 42 31 High 0 5.0 80 120 160 57 38 28 (19.7 t DM/ha) 10 5.5 80 110 150 59 40 30 20 5.7 70 110 140 62 41 31 30 5.7 70 110 140 64 43 32 40 6.2 70 100 130 67 44 33 50 6.7 60 100 130 69 46 35 DM, dry matter.
Grazeable forage options and simulated yields from different rotation options
Maize and forage rape-ryegrass rotations provided simulated yields of a total of 28.2, 27.8, 26.0, and 25.3 t DM/ha grazeable forages respectively for 10 October, 20 October, 20 November and 20 December sowing treatments (Table 5).
Total grazeable simulated yields from soybean-based rotations were 22.9, 22.9, 22.4, and 21.5 t DM/ha respectively for 15 October, 15 November, 30 November and 15 December sowing (Table 5).
As a consequence of the limited number of simulated grazings of sorghum (particularly in late sowings) combined with the late sowing of forage rape-ryegrass, total simulated grazeable forage yields were 19.3, 19.1, 19.1, and 16.9 t DM/ha respectively for 15 October, 15 November, 30 November and 15 December sowing of sorghum in sorghum-based rotations (Table 5).