Glean Glean, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gleaned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gleaning}.] [OE. glenen, OF. glener, glaner, F. glaner, fr. LL. glenare; cf. W. glan clean, glanh?u to clean, purify, or AS. gelm, gilm, a hand?ul.] [1913 Webster] 1. To gather after a reaper; to collect in scattered or fragmentary parcels, as the grain left by a reaper, or grapes left after the gathering. [1913 Webster]

To glean the broken ears after the man That the main harvest reaps. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To gather from (a field or vineyard) what is left. [1913 Webster]

3. To collect with patient and minute labor; to pick out; to obtain. [1913 Webster]

Content to glean what we can from . . . experiments. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Glean — Glean, v. i. 1. To gather stalks or ears of grain left by reapers. [1913 Webster] And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers. Ruth ii. 3. [1913 Webster] 2. To pick up or gather anything by degrees. [1913 Webster] Piecemeal …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glean — glean; glean·er; glean·ings; …   English syllables

  • Glean — Glean, n. A collection made by gleaning. [1913 Webster] The gleans of yellow thyme distend his thighs. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glean — Glean, n. Cleaning; afterbirth. [Obs.] Holland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glean — [gli:n] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: glener, from Late Latin glennare] 1.) [T] to find out information slowly and with difficulty glean sth from sb/sth ▪ Additional information was gleaned from other sources. 2.) [I and T] to collect …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • glean — early 14c., from O.Fr. glener (Mod.Fr. glaner) to glean, from L.L. glennare make a collection, perhaps from Gaulish (Cf. O.Ir. do glinn he collects, gathers, Celt. glan clean, pure ). Figurative sense was earlier in English than the literal one… …   Etymology dictionary

  • glean — I verb accumulate, aggregate, amass, assemble, batch together, bring together, collect, cull, cumulate, draw together, extract, facere, garner, gather, harvest, lay in store, obtain, pick up, procure, save, scrape together II index acquire… …   Law dictionary

  • glean — [ glin ] verb 1. ) transitive FORMAL to learn small pieces of information by asking questions or watching or listening carefully: GARNER: Their decisions were based on financial information gleaned from the Internet. 2. ) intransitive or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • glean — *reap, gather, garner, harvest Analogous words: pick (see CHOOSE): *strip, divest …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • glean — [v] pick out, collect accumulate, amass, ascertain, conclude, cull, deduce, extract, garner, gather, harvest, learn, pick, reap, select, sift, winnow; concepts 31,135 …   New thesaurus

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