- the act of a person who gleans.
- gleanings, things found or acquired by gleaning.
Origin of gleaning
- to gather slowly and laboriously, bit by bit.
- to gather (grain or the like) after the reapers or regular gatherers.
- to learn, discover, or find out, usually little by little or slowly.
- to collect or gather anything little by little or slowly.
- to gather what is left by reapers.
Origin of glean
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Examples from the Web for gleaning
And after gleaning the data from those races, they “plan to scale up and go big in 2016,” says McKinnon.The New War on Big Money in Politics
September 10, 2014
This year they will also make an effort to involve people in the gleaning.
In the battle against food waste and hunger, the ancient tradition of gleaning is gaining new admirers around America.
In the fragrance of the blossom of the limes the bees are gleaning a luscious harvest.A Book of Myths
We must study it as a whole, gleaning rich and varied sheaves as we go.The Lowest Rung
Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abi-ezer?Familiar Quotations
But the most important harvest, after gleaning for frumenty, was the blackberries.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
Let us be content if we succeed in gleaning a few grains of truth.The Mason-bees
J. Henri Fabre
- to gather (something) slowly and carefully in small piecesto glean information from the newspapers
- to gather (the useful remnants of a crop) from the field after harvesting
Word Origin and History for gleaning
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.