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forage

FOR'AGE, n. [L. voro.]

1. Food of any kind for horses and cattle, as grass; pasture, hay, corn and oats.

2. The act of providing forage.

Col. Mawhood completed his forage unmolested.

If the forage is to be made at a distance from the camp -

3. Search for provisions; the act of feeding abroad.

FOR'AGE, v.i.

1. To collect food for horses and cattle, by wandering about and feeding or stripping the country.

2. To wander far; to rove. Obs.

3. To ravage; to feed on spoil.

FOR'AGE, v.t. To strip of provisions for horses, &c.




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FOR'AGE, n. [L. voro.]

1. Food of any kind for horses and cattle, as grass; pasture, hay, corn and oats.

2. The act of providing forage.

Col. Mawhood completed his forage unmolested.

If the forage is to be made at a distance from the camp -

3. Search for provisions; the act of feeding abroad.

FOR'AGE, v.i.

1. To collect food for horses and cattle, by wandering about and feeding or stripping the country.

2. To wander far; to rove. Obs.

3. To ravage; to feed on spoil.

FOR'AGE, v.t. To strip of provisions for horses, &c.


FOR'AGE, n. [Fr. fourrage; Arm. fouraich; It. foraggio; Sp. forrage; Port. forragem; D. voeraadge. If this word signifies primarily food or fodder, it is connected with W. pori, to feed, and L. voro. But I take it to be from the root of Sax. faran, to go and primarily to signify that which is collected in wandering, roving, excursion. In Port. foragido is a vagabond, and forrejar is to waste, to ravage.]

  1. Food of any kind for horses and cattle, as grass, pasture, hay, corn and oats.
  2. The act of providing forage. Col. Mawhood completed his forage unmolested. Marshall. If the forage is to be made at a distance from the camp. Encyc.
  3. Search for provisions; the act of feeding abroad. Milton.

FOR'AGE, v.i.

  1. To collect food for horses and cattle, by wandering about and feeding or stripping the county. Marshall.
  2. To wander far; to rove. [Obs.] Shak.
  3. To ravage; to feed on spoil. Shak.

FOR'AGE, v.t.

To strip of provisions for horses, &c. Encyc.


For"age
  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. 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 (Zoöl.), 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. To strip of provisions; to supply with forage; as, to forage steeds.

    Pope.
  4. 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.

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Forage

FOR'AGE, noun [Latin voro.]

1. Food of any kind for horses and cattle, as grass; pasture, hay, corn and oats.

2. The act of providing forage

Col. Mawhood completed his forage unmolested.

If the forage is to be made at a distance from the camp -

3. Search for provisions; the act of feeding abroad.

FOR'AGE, verb intransitive

1. To collect food for horses and cattle, by wandering about and feeding or stripping the country.

2. To wander far; to rove. obsolete

3. To ravage; to feed on spoil.

FOR'AGE, verb transitive To strip of provisions for horses, etc.

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