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Dictionary Definition

gather

Noun

1 sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching [syn: gathering]
2 the act of gathering something [syn: gathering]

Verb

1 assemble or get together; "gather some stones"; "pull your thoughts together" [syn: garner, collect, pull together] [ant: spread]
2 collect in one place; "We assembled in the church basement"; "Let's gather in the dining room" [syn: meet, assemble, forgather, foregather]
3 collect or gather; "Journals are accumulating in my office"; "The work keeps piling up" [syn: accumulate, cumulate, conglomerate, pile up, amass]
4 conclude from evidence; "I gather you have not done your homework"
5 draw fabric together and sew it tightly [syn: pucker, tuck]
6 get people together; "assemble your colleagues"; "get together all those who are interested in the project"; "gather the close family members" [syn: assemble, get together]
7 look for (food) in nature; "Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

gaderian

Pronunciation

Verb

  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.
  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.
  3. To accumulate by collecting and saving little by little; to amass; to gain; to heap up.
  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.
  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.
    I gather you mean I'm ignorant rather than stupid.
  6. To gain; to win.
  7. 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. To haul in; to take up; as, to gather the slack of a rope.
  9. To come together; to collect; to unite; to become assembled; to congregate.
  10. To grow larger by accretion; to increase.
  11. To concentrate; to come to a head, as a sore, and generate pus; as, a boil has gathered.
  12. To collect or bring things together.

Translations

To bring together; to collect
To pick out and bring together from among what is of less value
To accumulate by collecting and saving little by little
To bring closely together the parts or particles of
To derive, or deduce
To gain; to win
To bring together, or nearer together
To haul in
To come together
To grow larger by accretion
To concentrate
To collect or bring things together
Translations to be checked

Noun

gather (plural: gathers)
  1. A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
  2. The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
  3. The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See Gather, v. t., 7.

Extensive Definition

Gather or gatherer can refer to:

Anthropology and sociology

  • Hunter-gatherer, a person or a society whose subsistence depends on hunting and gathering of wild foods
  • Bee (gathering), an old term which describes a group of people coming together for a task
  • Intensive gathering, the practice of cultivating wild plants as a step toward domestication
  • Rag gatherer, an archaic occupation, also known as rag picker
  • Salon (gathering), a party associated with French and Italian intellectuals

Biography

Music and art

Textiles

  • Gather (sewing), an area where fabric is folded or bunched together with thread or yarn
  • Gather (knitting), a generic term for one of several knitting techniques to draw stitches closer together

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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