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Glean definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

GLEAN, v.t.
1. To gather the stalks and ears of grain which reapers leave behind them.
Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of
corn---Ruth 2.
2. To collect things thinly scattered; to gather what is left in small parcels or numbers, or what is found in detached parcels; as, to glean a few passages from an author.
They gleaned of them in the highways five thousand
men. Judges 20.
GLEAN, v.i. To gather stalks or ears of grain left by reapers.
And she went, and came and gleaned in the field after the reapers. Ruth 2.
GLEAN, n. A collection made by gleaning, or by gathering here and there a little.
The gleans of yellow thyme distend his thighs.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: gather, as of natural products; "harvest the grapes" [syn: reap, harvest, glean]

Merriam Webster's

verb Etymology: Middle English glenen, from Anglo-French glener, from Late Latin glennare, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish doglenn he selects Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to gather grain or other produce left by reapers 2. to gather information or material bit by bit transitive verb 1. a. to pick up after a reaper b. to strip (as a field) of the leavings of reapers 2. a. to gather (as information) bit by bit b. to pick over in search of relevant material <gleaning old files for information> 3. find out gleanable adjective gleaner noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. 1 tr. collect or scrape together (news, facts, gossip, etc.) in small quantities. 2 a tr. (also absol.) gather (ears of corn etc.) after the harvest. b tr. strip (a field etc.) after a harvest. Derivatives: gleaner n. Etymology: ME f. OF glener f. LL glennare, prob. of Celt. orig.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Glean Glean, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gleaned; p. pr. & vb. n. Gleaning.] [OE. glenen, OF. glener, glaner, F. glaner, fr. LL. glenare; cf. W. glan clean, glanh?u to clean, purify, or AS. gelm, gilm, a hand?ul.] 1. To gather after a reaper; to collect in scattered or fragmentary parcels, as the grain left by a reaper, or grapes left after the gathering. To glean the broken ears after the man That the main harvest reaps. --Shak. 2. To gather from (a field or vineyard) what is left. 3. To collect with patient and minute labor; to pick out; to obtain. Content to glean what we can from . . . experiments. --Locke.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Glean Glean, v. i. 1. To gather stalks or ears of grain left by reapers. And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers. --Ruth ii. 3. 2. To pick up or gather anything by degrees. Piecemeal they this acre first, then that; Glean on, and gather up the whole estate. --Pope.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Glean Glean, n. A collection made by gleaning. The gleans of yellow thyme distend his thighs. --Dryden.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Glean Glean, n. Cleaning; afterbirth. [Obs.] --Holland.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(gleans, gleaning, gleaned) If you glean something such as information or knowledge, you learn or collect it slowly and patiently, and perhaps indirectly. At present we're gleaning information from all sources... 10,000 pages of evidence were gleaned from hundreds and hundreds of interviews. = gather VERB: V n from n, V n

Easton's Bible Dictionary

The corners of fields were not to be reaped, and the sheaf accidentally left behind was not to be fetched away, according to the law of Moses (Lev. 19:9; 23:22; Deut. 24:21). They were to be left for the poor to glean. Similar laws were given regarding vineyards and oliveyards. (Comp. Ruth 2:2.)

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Gather (after reapers). 2. Collect, cull, pick up.

Moby Thesaurus

accumulate, amass, ascertain, assemble, bring in, bring together, choose out, collect, conclude, crop, crop herbs, cull, cut, decide between, deduce, derive, dig, dig up, draw a conclusion, draw an inference, excerpt, extract, fetch, find, garner, gather, gather in, get in, get together, grabble, grub, grub up, handpick, harvest, hay, induce, infer, learn, make a selection, mow, nut, pick, pick out, pick up, pluck, rake up, reap, reap and carry, reason, reason that, round up, scare up, scrape together, scrape up, select, sift, single out, take as proved, take up, winnow

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