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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cut (grain or pulse) for harvest with a scythe, sickle, or reaper.
  • transitive v. To harvest (a crop).
  • transitive v. To harvest a crop from: reaping a field.
  • transitive v. To obtain as a result of effort: She reaped large profits from her unique invention.
  • intransitive v. To cut or harvest grain or pulse.
  • intransitive v. To obtain a return or reward.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine, as grain; to gather, as a harvest, by cutting.
  • v. To gather; to obtain; to receive as a reward or harvest, or as the fruit of labor or of works -- in a good or a bad sense; as, to reap a benefit from exertions.
  • v. Act of a parent process acknowledging that its child process has exited, thereby removing it from the process table. Until the child process is reaped it may be listed in the process table as a zombie or defunct process.
  • v. To deprive of the beard; to shave.
  • n. A bundle of grain; a handful of grain laid down by the reaper as it is cut.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bundle of grain; a handful of grain laid down by the reaper as it is cut.
  • intransitive v. To perform the act or operation of reaping; to gather a harvest.
  • transitive v. To cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine, as grain; to gather, as a harvest, by cutting.
  • transitive v. To gather; to obtain; to receive as a reward or harvest, or as the fruit of labor or of works; -- in a good or a bad sense.
  • transitive v. To clear of a crop by reaping.
  • transitive v. To deprive of the beard; to shave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut with a sickle or other implement or machine; cut down and gather: used specifically of cutting grain: as, to reap wheat or rye.
  • To cut a crop of grain, or something likened to such a. crop, from; clear by or as if by reaping.
  • Figuratively, to gather in by effort of any kind; obtain as a return or recompense; garner as the fruit of what has been done by one's self or others.
  • To perform the act or operation of reaping; cut and gather a harvest.
  • Figuratively, to gather the fruit of labor or works; receive a return for what has been done.
  • n. A sheaf of grain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. get or derive
  • v. gather, as of natural products

Etymologies

Middle English repen, from Old English rīpan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English repen, from Old English ripan, reopan, from Proto-Germanic *rīpanan (compare West Frisian repe, German reifsen ‘to snatch’, Norwegian ripa ‘to score, scratch’), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rep- ‘to snatch’ (compare Latin rapere ‘to seize, plunder’, Lithuanian aprépti 'to seize, embrace', Albanian rrjep ‘to peel, tear off’, Ancient Greek ἐρέπτομαι (eréptomai, "I feed on")). (Wiktionary)

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