glean

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English glenen, from Anglo-Norman glener, from Late Latin glen(n)ō (make a collection), from Gaulish.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

glean (third-person singular simple present gleans, present participle gleaning, simple past and past participle gleaned)

Before the apparition of modern agriculture, women often had to glean.
  1. To collect (grain, grapes, etc.) left behind after the main harvest or gathering.
  2. To gather what is left in (a field or vineyard).
    to glean a field
  3. To gather information in small amounts, with implied difficulty, bit by bit.
    • John Locke
      content to glean what we can from [] experiments
    • 8 December 2011, BBC News, Iran shows film of captured US drone, available in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16098562 :
      He said Iran was "well aware of what priceless technological information" could be gleaned from the aircraft.
  4. To frugally accumulate resources from low-yield contexts.
    He gleaned a living from newspaper work for a few months, but in the summer went to a fishing village […] where […] he wrote his great historical drama, "Master Olof." (Translators Edith and Warner Oland on author August Strindberg.)
Synonyms[edit]
  • (gather information): learn
Translations[edit]
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Noun[edit]

glean (plural gleans)

  1. A collection made by gleaning.
    • Dryden
      The gleans of yellow thyme distend his thighs.

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

glean

  1. (obsolete) cleaning; afterbirth
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holland to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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