American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To gather grain left behind by reapers.
- v. To gather (grain) left behind by reapers.
- v. To collect bit by bit: "records from which historians glean their knowledge” ( Kemp Malone). See Synonyms at reap.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gather after a reaper, or on a reaped field; bring together from a scattered condition, as grain left after the removal of the main crop.
- Hence To collect in scattered or fragmentary parcels or portions; pick up here and there; gather slowly and assiduously.
- To gather stalks or ears of grain left by reapers; also, to collect or gather anything in a similar way.
- n. A handful of corntied together by a gleaner.
- n. Anything gathered or gleaned.
- n. A somewhat indefinite unit; a bunch: as, a glean of teazels. [Essex and Gloucestershire, Eng.] A glean of herrings, by a statute of Edward I., is 25.
- n. The afterbirth, as of a cow or other domestic animal; the cleaning.
- v. To harvest grain left behind after the crop has been reaped.
- v. To gather information in small amounts, with implied difficulty, bit by bit.
- v. To frugally accumulate resources from low-yield contexts.
- n. obsolete cleaning; afterbirth
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. To gather from (a field or vineyard) what is left.
- v. To collect with patient and minute labor; to pick out; to obtain.
- v. To gather stalks or ears of grain left by reapers.
- v. To pick up or gather anything by degrees.
- n. A collection made by gleaning.
- n. obsolete Cleaning; afterbirth.
- v. gather, as of natural products
- From Middle English glenen, from Anglo-Norman glener, from Late Latin glen(n)ō ("make a collection"), from Gaulish. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English glenen, from Old French glener, from Late Latin glennāre, probably of Celtic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Except from what you might glean from the certiorari petition, you have no real way of knowing the quality of the side you are supporting.”
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