- an assembly or meeting.
- an assemblage of people; group or crowd.
- a collection, assemblage, or compilation of anything.
- the act of a person or thing that gathers.
- something that is gathered together.
- a gather or a series of gathers in cloth.
- an inflamed and suppurating swelling.
- (in a flue, duct, or the like) a tapered section forming a transition between two sections, one of which has a greater area than the other.
- Bookbinding. a section in a book, usually a sheet cut into several leaves.
Origin of gathering
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- to bring together into one group, collection, or place: to gather firewood; to gather the troops.
- to bring together or assemble from various places, sources, or people; collect gradually: The college is gathering a faculty from all over the country.
- to serve as a center of attention for; attract: A good football game always gathers a crowd.
- to pick or harvest (any crop or natural yield) from its place of growth or formation: to gather fruit; to gather flowers.
- to pick up piece by piece: Gather your toys from the floor.
- to pick or scoop up: She gathered the crying child in her arms.
- to collect (as taxes, dues, money owed, etc.).
- to accumulate; increase: The storm gathers force. The car gathered speed.
- to take by selection from among other things; sort out; cull.
- to assemble or collect (one's energies or oneself) as for an effort (often followed by up): He gathered up his strength for the hard job.
- to learn or conclude from observation; infer; deduce: I gather that he is the real leader.
- to wrap or draw around or close: He gathered his scarf around his neck.
- to contract (the brow) into wrinkles.
- to draw (cloth) up on a thread in fine folds or puckers by means of even stitches.
- Bookbinding. to assemble (the printed sections of a book) in proper sequence for binding.
- Nautical. to gain (way) from a dead stop or extremely slow speed.
- Metalworking. to increase the sectional area of (stock) by any of various operations.
- Glassmaking. to accumulate or collect (molten glass) at the end of a tube for blowing, shaping, etc.
- to come together around a central point; assemble: Let's gather round the fire and sing.
- to collect or accumulate: Clouds were gathering in the northeast.
- to grow, as by accretion; increase.
- to become contracted into wrinkles, folds, creases, etc., as the brow or as cloth.
- to come to a head, as a sore in suppurating.
- a drawing together; contraction.
- Often gathers. a fold or pucker, as in gathered cloth.
- an act or instance of gathering.
- an amount or number gathered, as during a harvest.
- Glassmaking. a mass of molten glass attached to the end of a punty.
- be gathered to one's fathers, to die.
Origin of gather
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Examples from the Web for gathering
The gathering of the thousands of cops had been a soul-stirring sight.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
This is not about gathering intelligence or expanding surveillance.What the U.S. Can Learn from Europe About Dealing with Terrorists
December 15, 2014
As I was gathering my things to go, the president suggested we take a few pictures together.From Auschwitz to the White House: One Tailor’s American Tale
December 5, 2014
The jury met in secret for months gathering testimony from witnesses, including from Pantaleo.After No Indictment for Eric Garner Killer, Is NYC the Next Ferguson?
December 3, 2014
There's a being far more curious to the world of ‘Magic: The Gathering’ than dragons, angels, or merfolk: female players.Is ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Immune to GamerGate Misogyny?
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At the evening gathering Lord Shaftesbury occupied the chair.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
There he stood for a moment, and Andrew knew that he was gathering his nerve.Way of the Lawless
I left the village in the gathering gloom and was soon out on the heather.Yorkshire Painted And Described
So, on this Monday evening, there were but seventeen at the gathering.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Bill was scrubbing the porch, and a farmhand was gathering bottles from the grass into a box.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- a group of people, things, etc, that are gathered together; assembly
- sewing a gather or series of gathers in material
- the formation of pus in a boil
- the pus so formed
- printing an informal name for section (def. 17)
- to assemble or cause to assemble
- to collect or be collected gradually; muster
- (tr) to learn from information given; conclude or assume
- (tr) to pick or harvest (flowers, fruit, etc)
- (tr; foll by to or into) to clasp or embracethe mother gathered the child into her arms
- (tr) to bring close (to) or wrap (around)she gathered her shawl about her shoulders
- to increase or cause to increase gradually, as in force, speed, intensity, etc
- to contract (the brow) or (of the brow) to become contracted into wrinkles; knit
- (tr) to assemble (sections of a book) in the correct sequence for binding
- (tr) to collect by making a selection
- (tr) to prepare or make readyto gather one's wits
- to draw (material) into a series of small tucks or folds by passing a thread through it and then pulling it tight
- (intr) (of a boil or other sore) to come to a head; form pus
- the act of gathering
- the amount gathered
- a small fold in material, as made by a tightly pulled stitch; tuck
- printing an informal name for section (def. 17)
Word Origin and History for gathering
"a meeting," mid-12c., from late Old English gaderung, verbal noun from gather.
Old English gadrian, gædrian "unite, agree, assemble; gather, collect, store up," used of flowers, thoughts, persons; from Proto-Germanic *gadurojan "bring together, unite" (cf. Old English gæd "fellowship, companionship," gædeling "companion;" Middle Low German gadderen; Old Frisian gaderia; Dutch gaderen "to gather," gade "spouse;" German Gatte "husband;" Gothic gadiliggs), from PIE *ghedh- "to unite, join" (see good (adj.). Change of spelling from -d- to -th- is 1500s, reflecting earlier change in pronunciation. Related: Gathered; gathering.
Idioms and Phrases with gathering
see rolling stone gathers no moss.