- 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 gleaned
The sensible answer is no, but di Giovannni gleaned much from those three years.Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else
October 24, 2014
But apparently there are scoops of great magnitude to be gleaned from these repetitive pictures.Calm Down, Prince George Is Just a Baby
April 16, 2014
Apparently Styles even taught the family a few tricks in the kitchen, gleaned from his former life working in a bakery.Cindy Crawford Opens Up on Her Supermodel Stardom to V magazine
November 13, 2013
And Golden Dawn is claiming that the evidence against it was gleaned from illegal wiretaps.The Folly of Banning Greece’s Neo-Nazi Party
October 5, 2013
But the most important lesson to be gleaned from this episode is that Rand Paul defended Hunter to the end.What Rand Paul Aide Jack Hunter and His Resignation Say About His Boss
July 23, 2013
On the other hand if nothing can be gleaned from them, let the effusions and their author be forgotten.The Poems of Henry Kendall
The ground has been for the most part well reaped and gleaned.The Balladists
These were his notions, at least; the result must be gleaned from my story.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
The whole field of fact and fancy has been gleaned and garnered.
Much information may be gleaned from the pages of McMaster's history.Union and Democracy
- 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 gleaned
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.