Definitions for: Forage


[n] the act of searching for food and provisions
[n] animal food for browsing or grazing
[v] hunt for food or provisions
[v] wander and feed; of animals
[v] collect or look around for (food)



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
--Shak.

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.


For"age, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Foraged; p. pr. & vb. n.
Foraging.]
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.


For"age, v. t.
To strip of provisions; to supply with forage; as, to forage
steeds. --Pope.

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

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