from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The action of one that gathers.
  • noun That which is gathered or amassed; a collection or accumulation.
  • noun An assembly of persons; a meeting.
  • noun The collecting of food that grows wild, such as berries, roots, and grains.
  • noun A gather in cloth.
  • noun A suppurated swelling; a boil or abscess.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of assembling, collecting, or making a collection, as of money.
  • noun That which is gathered together.
  • noun A crowd; an assembly; specifically, a concourse of spectators or participants for some purpose of common interest.
  • noun A collection or assemblage of anything; a contribution.
  • noun An inflamed and suppurating swelling.
  • noun A wooden construction about a scuttle in a roof.
  • noun In building, a contraction of any passage, as of a drain, or of a fireplace at its junction with the flue.
  • noun The act of making gathers, or of giving shape to a garment, as a skirt, by means of gathers.
  • noun In glass manufacturing, the act of coiling or collecting a mass of molten glass in the viscous state on the end of a rod or tube.
  • noun The collection in proper order of the folded sections, plates, or maps of an unbound book or pamphlet.
  • noun In agriculture, plowing back and forth around the crown of an existing ridge of land, thus turning all the furrow-slices inward and increasing the height of the ridge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of collecting or bringing together.
  • noun That which is gathered, collected, or brought together.
  • noun A crowd; an assembly; a congregation.
  • noun A charitable contribution; a collection.
  • noun A tumor or boil suppurated or maturated; an abscess.
  • adjective Assembling; collecting; used for gathering or concentrating.
  • adjective (Bookbinding) a table or board on which signatures are gathered or assembled, to form a book.
  • adjective a lighted coal left smothered in embers over night, about which kindling wood is gathered in the morning.
  • adjective a hoop used by coopers to draw together the ends of barrel staves, to allow the hoops to be slipped over them.
  • adjective In Scotland, a fiery peat which was sent round by the Borderers as an alarm signal, as the fiery cross was by the Highlanders.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A meeting or get-together; a party or social function.
  • noun A group of people or things.
  • noun bookbinding A section, a group of bifolios, or sheets of paper, stacked together and folded in half.
  • verb present continuous of gather; collecting or bringing together

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

  • noun the social act of assembling
  • noun sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching
  • noun a group of persons together in one place
  • noun the act of gathering something


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  • In bookbinding, a group of sheets folded together for sewing or gluing into the binding.

    February 22, 2007