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gathering


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gather  \Gath"er\,  v.  t.  [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  one's  fathers}  to 
  die.  --Gen.  xxv.  8. 
 
  {To  gather  breath},  to  recover  normal  breathing  after  being 
  out  of  breath;  to  get  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gathering  \Gath"er*ing\,  n. 
  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gathering  \Gath"er*ing\,  a. 
  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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gathering 
  adj  :  accumulating  and  becoming  more  intense;  "the  deepening 
  gloom";  "felt  a  deepening  love";  "the  gathering 
  darkness";  "the  thickening  dusk"  [syn:  {deepening(a)}, 
  {gathering(a)},  {thickening(a)}] 
  n  1:  a  group  of  persons  together  in  one  place  [syn:  {assemblage}] 
  2:  the  social  act  of  assembling;  "they  demanded  the  right  of 
  assembly"  [syn:  {assembly},  {assemblage}]  [ant:  {dismantling}] 
  3:  the  act  of  gathering  something  [syn:  {gather}] 
  4:  small  folds  or  puckers  made  by  pulling  tight  a  thread  in  a 
  line  of  stitching  [syn:  {gather}] 




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