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  1. the act of a person who gleans.
  2. gleanings, things found or acquired by gleaning.

Origin of gleaning

First recorded in 1400–50, gleaning is from the late Middle English word glenynge. See glean, -ing1
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Examples from the Web for gleanings

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Gladstone published in seven volumes, in 1879, "Gleanings of Past Years."

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • This is the first time we have published any of our gleanings from this particular source.

  • The next publications of Mr. Cooper were his Gleanings in Europe.

  • Take home your gleanings for those you love who cannot glean for themselves.

    Talks To Farmers

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • The same grace that had given him the field gave her the gleanings.

British Dictionary definitions for gleanings


pl n
  1. the useful remnants of a crop that can be gathered from the field after harvesting
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