Definitions for: Gather

[n] the act of gathering something
[n] sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching
[v] collect or gather; "Journals are accumulating in my office"; "The work keeps piling up"
[v] believe to be the case; "I understand you have no previous experience?"
[v] conclude from evidence; "I gather you have not done your homework"
[v] look for (food) in nature; "Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall"
[v] draw fabric together and sew it tightly
[v] assemble or get together; "gather some stones"; "pull your thoughts together"
[v] move together
[v] collect in one place; "We assembled in the church basement"; "Let's gather in the dining room"
[v] get people together; "assemble your colleagues"; "get together all those who are interested in the project"; "gather the close family members"

Webster (1913) Definition: Gath"er, 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.]
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.

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.

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.

Synonyms: accumulate, amass, assemble, collect, collect, conglomerate, congregate, cumulate, foregather, forgather, garner, gathering, gathering, get together, infer, meet, pile up, pucker, pull together, tuck, understand

Antonyms: distribute, spread

See Also: accrete, aggregation, aggroup, assembling, backlog, believe, birdnest, caucus, centralisation, centralization, clam, club, clump, cluster, collecting, collection, come up, conclude, constellate, convene, converge, crowd, crowd together, cull, drift, flock, fort, fort up, gather, gather up, glean, group, harvest, harvest, harvest home, harvesting, heap up, hive, hive, increase, interact, lift up, look for, make, marshal, mobilise, mobilize, move, muster, muster up, nest, nut, oyster, pearl, pick, pick up, pile up, pluck, rake, rally, reap, reason, reason out, round up, run up, salvage, scavenge, search, seek, sew, sew together, sewing, shell, shock, snail, sponge, stack up, stitch, stitchery, summon

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