(Pas"ture) n. [OF. pasture, F. pâture, L. pastura, fr. pascere, pastum, to pasture, to feed.
1. Food; nourishment. [Obs.]
Toads and frogs his pasture poisonous.Spenser.
2. Specifically: Grass growing for the food of cattle; the food of cattle taken by grazing.
3. Grass land for cattle, horses, etc.; pasturage.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.Ps. xxiii. 2.
So graze as you find pasture.Shak.
(Pas"ture), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pastured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pasturing.] To feed, esp. to feed
on growing grass; to supply grass as food for; as, the farmer pastures fifty oxen; the land will pasture
(Pas"ture), v. i. To feed on growing grass; to graze.
(Pas"ture*less), a. Destitute of pasture. Milton.
(Pas"tur*er) n. One who pastures; one who takes cattle to graze. See Agister.
(Pas"ty) a. Like paste, as in color, softness, stickness. "A pasty complexion." G. Eliot.
(Pas"ty), n.; pl. Pasties [OF. pasté, F. pâté. See Paste, and cf. Patty.] A pie consisting usually
of meat wholly surrounded with a crust made of a sheet of paste, and often baked without a dish; a meat
pie. "If ye pinch me like a pasty." Shak. "Apple pasties." Dickens.
A large pasty baked in a pewter platter.Sir W. Scott.
(Pat) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Patted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Patting.] [Cf. G. patschen, Prov. G. patzen, to
strike, tap.] To strike gently with the fingers or hand; to stroke lightly; to tap; as, to pat a dog.
Gay pats my shoulder, and you vanish quite.Pope.
1. A light, quik blow or stroke with the fingers or hand; a tap.
2. A small mass, as of butter, shaped by pats.
It looked like a tessellated work of pats of butter.Dickens.
(Pat), a. [Cf. pat a light blow, D. te pas convenient, pat, where pas is fr. F. passer to pass.]
Exactly suitable; fit; convenient; timely. "Pat allusion." Barrow.
(Pat), adv. In a pat manner.
I foresaw then 't would come in pat hereafter.Sterne.
(||Pa*ta"ca) n. [Sp.] The Spanish dollar; called also patacoon. [Obs.]
(||Pa`tache") n. [F. & Sp. patache, P. patacho.] (Naut.) A tender to a fleet, formerly used for
conveying men, orders, or treasure. [Spain & Portugal]