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glean

[gleen] /glin/
verb (used with object)
1.
to gather slowly and laboriously, bit by bit.
2.
to gather (grain or the like) after the reapers or regular gatherers.
3.
to learn, discover, or find out, usually little by little or slowly.
verb (used without object)
4.
to collect or gather anything little by little or slowly.
5.
to gather what is left by reapers.
Origin of glean
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English glenen < Old French glener < Late Latin glennāreCeltic
Related forms
gleanable, adjective
gleaner, noun
ungleaned, adjective
Synonyms
3. garner, deduce, infer.
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  • The slight information I gave you as to my niece was gleaned from him.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • This he gleaned from her animated discussion of the alliance.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • I have often gleaned some curious bibliographical intelligence from its copious pages.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • Something may be gleaned from the account given by geologists.

    The Life Radiant Lilian Whiting
  • Red enough were the deeds and powers of it, from what abstract clues he had gleaned.

    The Red One Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for gleaned

glean

/ɡliːn/
verb
1.
to gather (something) slowly and carefully in small pieces: to glean information from the newspapers
2.
to gather (the useful remnants of a crop) from the field after harvesting
Derived Forms
gleanable, adjective
gleaner, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French glener, from Late Latin glennāre, probably of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for gleaned

glean

v.

early 14c., from Old French glener (Modern French glaner) "to glean," from Late Latin glennare "make a collection," perhaps from Gaulish (cf. Old Irish do-glinn "he collects, gathers," Celt. glan "clean, pure"). Figurative sense was earlier in English than the literal one of "gather grain left by the reapers" (late 14c.). Related: Gleaned; gleaning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gleaned in the Bible

The corners of fields were not to be reaped, and the sheaf accidentally left behind was not to be fetched away, according to the law of Moses (Lev. 19:9; 23:22; Deut. 24:21). They were to be left for the poor to glean. Similar laws were given regarding vineyards and oliveyards. (Comp. Ruth 2:2.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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