(Pas"ture) n. [OF. pasture, F. pâture, L. pastura, fr. pascere, pastum, to pasture, to feed. See Pastor.]

1. Food; nourishment. [Obs.]

Toads and frogs his pasture poisonous.

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.

(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 forty cows.

(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.

(Pat), n.

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.

(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.

(||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]

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