- Also har·vest·ing. the gathering of crops.
- the season when ripened crops are gathered.
- a crop or yield of one growing season.See Synonym Study at crop.
- a supply of anything gathered at maturity and stored: a harvest of wheat.
- the result or consequence of any act, process, or event: The journey yielded a harvest of wonderful memories.
- to gather (a crop or the like); reap.
- to gather the crop from: to harvest the fields.
- to gain, win, or use (a prize, product, or result of any past act, process, etc.): She has finally harvested the rewards of her dedication.
- to catch, take, or remove (animals), especially for food: Fishermen harvested hundreds of salmon from the river.
- to collect (any resource) for future use: to harvest solar energy; spammers who harvest email addresses.
- to extract (an organ or tissue) from a living or dead body, as for transplantation or research: to harvest a kidney; to harvest embryos.
- to gather a crop; reap.
Origin of harvest
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Examples from the Web for harvesting
In 2009, a Pakistani Christian woman got into a religious argument with some Muslim women with whom she was harvesting berries.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
The firms will each offer $20,000 in coverage, enough for two harvesting rounds per employee.Don’t Be Fooled by Apple and Facebook, Egg Freezing Is Not a Benefit
October 17, 2014
Harvesting is continual and despite the cold local winters at headquarters, the food stays warm in the indoor fields.America’s Next Agricultural Revolution Will Happen Indoors
April 26, 2014
Omo, a German immigrant, is obsessed with harvesting salt from the lake.Faulkner of Oil Country: Rick Bass Talks New Novel
August 22, 2013
But since the 1950s, Camping has been harvesting secret messages from the Bible at a clip that would impress Dan Brown.Before the Rapture
May 19, 2011
The labor of cultivating and harvesting cotton of any kind was very great.The Age of Invention
The harvesting might be long but the garnering would be none the less sure.The Fathers of New England
Charles M. Andrews
At the end of the harvesting season, they made ready their boat.An American Robinson Crusoe
Samuel. B. Allison
The time of harvesting will vary with the use which is to be made of the oats.
The stalk, when ready for harvesting, has only a few leaves on the top.
- the gathering of a ripened crop
- the crop itself or the yield from it in a single growing season
- the season for gathering crops
- the product of an effort, action, etca harvest of love
- to gather or reap (a ripened crop) from (the place where it has been growing)
- (tr) to receive or reap (benefits, consequences, etc)
- (tr) mainly US to remove (an organ) from the body for transplantation
Word Origin and History for harvesting
c.1400, from harvest (n.). Of wild animals, from 1947; of cells, from 1946. Related: Harvested; harvesting.
Old English hærfest "autumn, period between August and November," from Proto-Germanic *harbitas (cf. Old Saxon hervist, Old Frisian and Dutch herfst, German Herbst "autumn," Old Norse haust "harvest"), from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (cf. Sanskrit krpana- "sword," krpani "shears;" Greek karpos "fruit," karpizomai "make harvest of;" Latin carpere "to cut, divide, pluck;" Lithuanian kerpu "cut;" Middle Irish cerbaim "cut").
The borrowing of autumn and the use of fall in a seasonal sense gradually focused the meaning of harvest to "the time of gathering crops" (mid-13c.), then to the action itself and the product of the action (after c.1300). Figurative use by 1530s. Harvest home (1590s) is the occasion of bringing home the last of the harvest; harvest moon (1706) is that which is full within a fortnight of the autumnal equinox.