Definition of Glean

1. Verb. Gather, as of natural products. "They glean rye in the field"; "Harvest the grapes"

Exact synonyms: Harvest, Reap
Specialized synonyms: Cut
Generic synonyms: Collect, Garner, Gather, Pull Together
Derivative terms: Gleaner, Harvest, Harvest, Harvest, Harvester, Harvester, Harvesting, Reaper, Reaper



Definition of Glean

1. v. t. 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.

2. v. i. To gather stalks or ears of grain left by reapers.

3. n. A collection made by gleaning.

4. n. Cleaning; afterbirth.

Definition of Glean

1. Verb. To harvest grain left behind after the crop has been reaped. ¹

2. Verb. To gather information in small amounts, with implied difficulty, bit by bit. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Glean

1. to gather little by little [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Glean

glazings
glazy
glead
gleads
gleam
gleamed
gleamer
gleamers
gleamier
gleamiest
gleaming
gleamingly
gleamings
gleams
gleamy
glean (current term)
gleanable
gleaned
gleaner
gleaners
gleaning
gleanings
gleans
gleave
gleaves
gleba
glebae
glebal
glebe
glebe-house

Literary usage of Glean

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England by John Campbell Campbell (1847)
"Q. Whether the poor have a legal right to glean in harvest? *FI During the first eight years of Lord Loughborough's Chief-justiceship, for want of a " vates ..."

2. Belgravia by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1879)
"... shene,' Or when in the genial autumn glow The girls of the village went forth to glean. Once the weather was always fine ; Trees had everywhere leave to ..."

3. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"Whom thus he cheer'd: " O Rhodian youth, glean'd. For love alone, uor other booty sought; Your lives are safe; your vessel I resign; Yours be your own, ..."

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