[ glee-ning ]
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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

Words Nearby gleaning Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gleaning in a sentence

  • They now organize field gleaning trips for anyone willing to participate, regardless of religious affiliation.

    Waste Not, Want Not | Katie Maloney | March 13, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • All belonged to the first days in Egypt before he noticed anything; the mind worked backwards to their gleaning.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • A throng of young girls, gleaning, followed the reapers and raked up the ears that fell.

    Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
  • One had lost all his little store of grain gathered from the gleaning, or bought by great privation for the winter's nourishment.

  • An eminent jurisprudist once remarked to me, "there is little gleaning to be done after Bradlaugh."

  • This gleaning of intellectual men are full of social life, or, rather, of an interest in the problems of social existence.

    The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies