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

  • noun The act or process of gathering a crop.
  • noun The crop that ripens or is gathered in a season.
  • noun The amount or measure of the crop gathered in a season.
  • noun The time or season of such gathering.
  • noun The result or consequence of an action.
  • intransitive verb To gather (a crop).
  • intransitive verb To take or kill (fish or deer, for example) for food, sport, or population control.
  • intransitive verb To extract from a culture or a living or recently deceased body, especially for transplantation.
  • intransitive verb To gather a crop from (land, for example).
  • intransitive verb To receive or collect (energy).
  • intransitive verb To receive (the benefits or consequences of an action). synonym: reap.
  • intransitive verb To gather a crop.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To reap or gather, as corn and other crops, for the use of man and beast: often used figuratively.
  • noun The third season of the year; autumn; fall.
  • noun The season of gathering the ripened crops; specifically, the time of reaping and gathering grain.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Hence The product of any labor, or the result of any course of action; gain; result; effect; consequence.
  • noun The act or process of harvesting.

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

  • transitive verb To reap or gather, as any crop.
  • noun 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.
  • noun That which is reaped or ready to be reaped or gathered; a crop, as of grain (wheat, maize, etc.), or fruit.
  • noun The product or result of any exertion or labor; gain; reward.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a marine fish of the Southern United States (Stromateus alepidotus); -- called whiting in Virginia. Also applied to the dollar fish.
  • noun (Zoöl.) an hemipterous insect of the genus Cicada, often called locust. See Cicada.
  • noun [Obs.] the head reaper at a harvest.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a minute European mite (Leptus autumnalis), of a bright crimson color, which is troublesome by penetrating the skin of man and domestic animals; -- called also harvest louse, and harvest bug.
  • noun the moon near the full at the time of harvest in England, or about the autumnal equinox, when, by reason of the small angle that is made by the moon's orbit with the horizon, it rises nearly at the same hour for several days.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a very small European field mouse (Mus minutus). It builds a globular nest on the stems of wheat and other plants.
  • noun an image representing Ceres, formerly carried about on the last day of harvest.
  • noun (Zoöl.) See Daddy longlegs.

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

  • noun The process of harvesting, gathering the ripened crop.
  • noun The yield of harvesting, i.e. the gathered, cut ... fruits of horti- or agri-culture (usually a food - or industrial crop)
  • noun by extension The product or result of any exertion or labor; gain; reward.
  • noun paganism A modern pagan ceremony held on or around the autumn equinox, which is in the harvesting season.
  • verb transitive To bring in a harvest; reap; glean.
  • verb intransitive To be occupied bringing in a harvest
  • verb transitive To win, achieve a gain.

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

  • verb remove from a culture or a living or dead body, as for the purposes of transplantation
  • noun the consequence of an effort or activity
  • verb gather, as of natural products
  • noun the yield from plants in a single growing season
  • noun the gathering of a ripened crop
  • noun the season for gathering crops


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

[Middle English, from Old English hærfest; see kerp- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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