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English Dictionary: gather by the DICT Development Group
4 results for gather
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching
    Synonym(s): gather, gathering
  2. the act of gathering something
    Synonym(s): gather, gathering
  1. assemble or get together; "gather some stones"; "pull your thoughts together"
    Synonym(s): gather, garner, collect, pull together
    Antonym(s): distribute, spread
  2. collect in one place; "We assembled in the church basement"; "Let's gather in the dining room"
    Synonym(s): meet, gather, assemble, forgather, foregather
  3. collect or gather; "Journals are accumulating in my office"; "The work keeps piling up"
    Synonym(s): accumulate, cumulate, conglomerate, pile up, gather, amass
  4. conclude from evidence; "I gather you have not done your homework"
  5. draw together into folds or puckers
    Synonym(s): gather, pucker, tuck
  6. get people together; "assemble your colleagues"; "get together all those who are interested in the project"; "gather the close family members"
    Synonym(s): assemble, gather, get together
  7. draw and bring closer; "she gathered her shawl around her shoulders"
  8. look for (food) in nature; "Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall"
  9. increase or develop; "the peace movement gained momentum"; "the car gathers speed"
    Synonym(s): gain, gather
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gather \Gath"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gathered}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Gathering}.] [OE. gaderen, AS. gaderian, gadrian, fr.
      gador, geador, together, fr. g[91]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}.]
      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.
                     And Belgium's capital had gathered them Her beauty
                     and her chivalry.                              --Byron.
                     When he had gathered all the chief priests and
                     scribes of the people together.         --Matt. ii. 4.
      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.
                     A rose just gathered from the stalk.   --Dryden.
                     Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
                                                                              --Matt. vii.
                     Gather us from among the heathen.      --Ps. cvi. 47.
      3. To accumulate by collecting and saving little by little;
            to amass; to gain; to heap up.
                     He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his
                     substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity
                     the poor.                                          --Prov.
                                                                              xxviii. 8.
                     To pay the creditor . . . he must gather up money by
                     degrees.                                             --Locke.
      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
                     Gathering his flowing robe, he seemed to stand In
                     act to speak, and graceful stretched his hand.
      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.
                     Let me say no more[?] Gather the sequel by that went
                     before.                                             --Shak.
      6. To gain; to win. [Obs.]
                     He gathers ground upon her in the chase. --Dryden.
      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.
      8. (Naut.) To haul in; to take up; as, to gather the slack of
            a rope.
      {To be gathered} {to one's people, [or] to one's fathers} to
            die. --Gen. xxv. 8.
      {To gather breath}, to recover normal breathing after being
            out of breath; to get 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gather \Gath"er\, v. i.
      1. To come together; to collect; to unite; to become
            assembled; to congregate.
                     When small humors gather to a gout.   --Pope.
                     Tears from the depth of some divine despair Rise in
                     the heart, and gather to the eyes.      --Tennyson.
      2. To grow larger by accretion; to increase.
                     Their snowball did not gather as it went. --Bacon.
      3. To concentrate; to come to a head, as a sore, and generate
            pus; as, a boil has gathered.
      4. To collect or bring things together.
                     Thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and
                     gather where I have not strewed.         --Matt. xxv.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gather \Gath"er\, n.
      1. A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through
            it; a pucker.
      2. (Carriage Making) The inclination forward of the axle
            journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
      3. (Arch.) The soffit or under surface of the masonry
            required in gathering. See {Gather}, v. t., 7.
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