American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of gathering a crop.
- n. The crop that ripens or is gathered in a season.
- n. The amount or measure of the crop gathered in a season.
- n. The time or season of such gathering.
- n. The result or consequence of an activity.
- v. To gather (a crop).
- v. To take or kill (fish or deer, for example) for food, sport, or population control.
- v. To extract from a culture or a living or recently deceased body, especially for transplantation: harvested bone marrow.
- v. To gather a crop from.
- v. To receive (the benefits or consequences of an action). See Synonyms at reap.
- v. To gather a crop.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The third season of the year; autumn; fall.
- n. The season of gathering the ripened crops; specifically, the time of reaping and gathering grain.
- n. A crop or crops gathered or ready to be gathered; specifically, ripe grain reaped, and stored in stacks or barns; hence, a supply of anything gathered at maturity and stored up: as, a harvest of nuts, or of ice.
- n. Hence The product of any labor, or the result of any course of action; gain; result; effect; consequence.
- n. The act or process of harvesting.
- To reap or gather, as corn and other crops, for the use of man and beast: often used figuratively.
- n. The process of harvesting, gathering the ripened crop.
- n. The yield of harvesting, i.e. the gathered, cut ... fruits of horti- or agri-culture (usually a food - or industrial crop)
- n. by extension The product or result of any exertion or labor; gain; reward.
- n. paganism A modern pagan ceremony held on or around the autumn equinox, which is in the harvesting season.
- v. transitive To bring in a harvest; reap; glean.
- v. intransitive To be occupied bringing in a harvest
- v. transitive To win, achieve a gain.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The gathering of a crop of any kind; the ingathering of the crops; also, the season of gathering grain and fruits, late summer or early autumn.
- n. That which is reaped or ready to be reaped or gathered; a crop, as of grain (wheat, maize, etc.), or fruit.
- n. The product or result of any exertion or labor; gain; reward.
- v. To reap or gather, as any crop.
- v. remove from a culture or a living or dead body, as for the purposes of transplantation
- n. the consequence of an effort or activity
- v. gather, as of natural products
- n. the yield from plants in a single growing season
- n. the gathering of a ripened crop
- n. the season for gathering crops
- From Middle English hervest, from Old English hærfest, from Proto-Germanic *harbistaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kerp-, *skerp-; cognate with West Frisian hjerst, Dutch herfst, German Herbst, Middle Saxon/Low German hervest ("autumn") (Saxon/Low German harvst ("autumn")), Danish høst, also Latin carpere 'to seize', Greek καρπός (karpos, "fruit") and κείρω (keirō, "to cut off"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English hærfest; see kerp- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term harvest comes from the Anglo-Saxon word haerfest, which means autumn.”
“The grain harvest is now over, very generally, and cattle are seen feeding among the stubble on many farms.”
“Sustainability of the harvest is the only issue for me.”
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