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[gleen] /glin/
verb (used with object)
1.
to gather slowly and laboriously, bit by bit.
2.
to gather (grain or the like) after the reapers or regular gatherers.
3.
to learn, discover, or find out, usually little by little or slowly.
verb (used without object)
4.
to collect or gather anything little by little or slowly.
5.
to gather what is left by reapers.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English glenen < Old French glener < Late Latin glennāreCeltic
Related forms
gleanable, adjective
gleaner, noun
ungleaned, adjective
Synonyms
3. garner, deduce, infer.
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British Dictionary definitions for gleaner

glean

/ɡliːn/
verb
1.
to gather (something) slowly and carefully in small pieces: to glean information from the newspapers
2.
to gather (the useful remnants of a crop) from the field after harvesting
Derived Forms
gleanable, adjective
gleaner, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French glener, from Late Latin glennāre, probably of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for gleaner
n.

mid-15c., agent noun from glean (v.).

glean

v.

early 14c., from Old French glener (Modern French glaner) "to glean," from Late Latin glennare "make a collection," perhaps from Gaulish (cf. Old Irish do-glinn "he collects, gathers," Celt. glan "clean, pure"). Figurative sense was earlier in English than the literal one of "gather grain left by the reapers" (late 14c.). Related: Gleaned; gleaning.

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gleaner in the Bible

The corners of fields were not to be reaped, and the sheaf accidentally left behind was not to be fetched away, according to the law of Moses (Lev. 19:9; 23:22; Deut. 24:21). They were to be left for the poor to glean. Similar laws were given regarding vineyards and oliveyards. (Comp. Ruth 2:2.)

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