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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Assembling; collecting; used for gathering or concentrating.
  • n. The act of collecting or bringing together.
  • n. That which is gathered, collected, or brought together.
  • n. A crowd; an assembly; a congregation.
  • n. A charitable contribution; a collection.
  • n. A tumor or boil suppurated or maturated; an abscess.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of assembling, collecting, or making a collection, as of money.
  • n. That which is gathered together.
  • n. A crowd; an assembly; specifically, a concourse of spectators or participants for some purpose of common interest.
  • n. A collection or assemblage of anything; a contribution.
  • n. An inflamed and suppurating swelling.
  • n. A wooden construction about a scuttle in a roof.
  • n. In building, a contraction of any passage, as of a drain, or of a fireplace at its junction with the flue.
  • n. The act of making gathers, or of giving shape to a garment, as a skirt, by means of gathers.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The collection in proper order of the folded sections, plates, or maps of an unbound book or pamphlet.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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

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