- To collect (grain, grapes, etc.) left behind after the main harvest or gathering.
- Synonym: lease
- c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene v]:
- To glean the broken ears after the man / That the main harvest reaps.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Ruth 2:2:
- Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace.
- To gather what is left in (a field or vineyard).
- to glean a field
- (figuratively) To gather information in small amounts, with implied difficulty, bit by bit.
- Synonym: learn
- 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.
- To frugally accumulate resources from low-yield contexts.
- 1912, Edith and Warner Oland, “Biographical Note”, in Three Plays By August Strindberg, page xi:
- He [August Strindberg] 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.
glean (plural gleans)
- A collection made by gleaning.
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for glean in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- ^ Webster, Noah (1828): An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1
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