Gather Gath"er (g[a^][th]"[~e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gathered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gathering}.] [OE. gaderen, AS. gaderian, gadrian, fr. gador, geador, together, fr. g[ae]d fellowship; akin to E. good, D. gaderen to collect, G. gatte husband, MHG. gate, also companion, Goth. gadiliggs a sister's son. [root]29. See {Good}, and cf. {Together}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To bring together; to collect, as a number of separate things, into one place, or into one aggregate body; to assemble; to muster; to congregate. [1913 Webster]

And Belgium's capital had gathered them Her beauty and her chivalry. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

When he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together. --Matt. ii. 4. [1913 Webster]

2. To pick out and bring together from among what is of less value; to collect, as a harvest; to harvest; to cull; to pick off; to pluck. [1913 Webster]

A rose just gathered from the stalk. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? --Matt. vii. 16. [1913 Webster]

Gather us from among the heathen. --Ps. cvi. 47. [1913 Webster]

3. To accumulate by collecting and saving little by little; to amass; to gain; to heap up. [1913 Webster]

He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor. --Prov. xxviii. 8. [1913 Webster]

To pay the creditor . . . he must gather up money by degrees. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

4. To bring closely together the parts or particles of; to contract; to compress; to bring together in folds or plaits, as a garment; also, to draw together, as a piece of cloth by a thread; to pucker; to plait; as, to gather a ruffle. [1913 Webster]

Gathering his flowing robe, he seemed to stand In act to speak, and graceful stretched his hand. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

5. To derive, or deduce, as an inference; to collect, as a conclusion, from circumstances that suggest, or arguments that prove; to infer; to conclude. [1913 Webster]

Let me say no more! Gather the sequel by that went before. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. To gain; to win. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He gathers ground upon her in the chase. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

7. (Arch.) To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue, or the like. [1913 Webster]

8. (Naut.) To haul in; to take up; as, to gather the slack of a rope. [1913 Webster]

{To be gathered to one's people} or {To be gathered to one's fathers} to die. --Gen. xxv. 8.

{To gather breath}, to recover normal breathing after being out of breath; to get one's breath; to rest. --Spenser.

{To gather one's self together}, to collect and dispose one's powers for a great effort, as a beast crouches preparatory to a leap.

{To gather way} (Naut.), to begin to move; to move with increasing speed. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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