for·age /ˈfɔrɪʤ, ˈfɑr-/
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.
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 Zool., 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.
n 1: animal food for browsing or grazing [syn: eatage, pasture,
2: the act of searching for food and provisions [syn: foraging]
v 1: collect or look around for (food) [syn: scrounge]
2: wander and feed; "The animals forage in the woods"