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gathering

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gather \Gath"er\ (g[a^][th]"[~e]r), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Gathered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gathering}.] [OE. gaderen, AS. gaderian, gadrian, fr. gador, geador, together, fr. g[ae]d fellowship; akin to E. good, D. gaderen to collect, G. gatte husband, MHG. gate, also companion, Goth. gadiliggs a sister's son. [root]29. See {Good}, and cf. {Together}.]

1. To bring together; to collect, as a number of separate things, into one place, or into one aggregate body; to assemble; to muster; to congregate.

And Belgium's capital had gathered them Her beauty and her chivalry. --Byron.

When he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together. --Matt. ii. 4.

2. To pick out and bring together from among what is of less value; to collect, as a harvest; to harvest; to cull; to pick off; to pluck.

A rose just gathered from the stalk. --Dryden.

Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? --Matt. vii. 16.

Gather us from among the heathen. --Ps. cvi. 47.

3. To accumulate by collecting and saving little by little; to amass; to gain; to heap up.

He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor. --Prov. xxviii. 8.

To pay the creditor . . . he must gather up money by degrees. --Locke.

4. To bring closely together the parts or particles of; to contract; to compress; to bring together in folds or plaits, as a garment; also, to draw together, as a piece of cloth by a thread; to pucker; to plait; as, to gather a ruffle.

Gathering his flowing robe, he seemed to stand In act to speak, and graceful stretched his hand. --Pope.

5. To derive, or deduce, as an inference; to collect, as a conclusion, from circumstances that suggest, or arguments that prove; to infer; to conclude.

Let me say no more! Gather the sequel by that went before. --Shak.

6. To gain; to win. [Obs.]

He gathers ground upon her in the chase. --Dryden.

7. (Arch.) To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue, or the like.

8. (Naut.) To haul in; to take up; as, to gather the slack of a rope.

{To be gathered to one's people} or {To be gathered to one's fathers} to die. --Gen. xxv. 8.

{To gather breath}, to recover normal breathing after being out of breath; to get one's breath; to rest. --Spenser.

{To gather one's self together}, to collect and dispose one's powers for a great effort, as a beast crouches preparatory to a leap.

{To gather way} (Naut.), to begin to move; to move with increasing speed.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gathering \Gath"er*ing\, noun

1. The act of collecting or bringing together.

2. That which is gathered, collected, or brought together; as: (a) A crowd; an assembly; a congregation. (b) A charitable contribution; a collection. (c) A tumor or boil suppurated or maturated; an abscess.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gathering \Gath"er*ing\, adjective Assembling; collecting; used for gathering or concentrating.

{Gathering board} (Bookbinding), a table or board on which signatures are gathered or assembled, to form a book. --Knight.

{Gathering coal}, a lighted coal left smothered in embers over night, about which kindling wood is gathered in the morning.

{Gathering hoop}, a hoop used by coopers to draw together the ends of barrel staves, to allow the hoops to be slipped over them.

{Gathering peat}. (a) A piece of peat used as a gathering coal, to preserve a fire. (b) 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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

gathering

noun

1: a group of persons together in one place [syn: {gathering}, {assemblage}]

2: the social act of assembling; "they demanded the right of assembly" [syn: {assembly}, {assemblage}, {gathering}] [ant: {disassembly}, {dismantlement}, {dismantling}]

3: the act of gathering something [syn: {gather}, {gathering}]

4: sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching [syn: {gather}, {gathering}]

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