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[hahr-vist] /ˈhɑr vɪst/
Also, harvesting. the gathering of crops.
the season when ripened crops are gathered.
a crop or yield of one growing season.
a supply of anything gathered at maturity and stored:
a harvest of wheat.
the result or consequence of any act, process, or event:
The journey yielded a harvest of wonderful memories.
verb (used with object)
to gather (a crop or the like); reap.
to gather the crop from:
to harvest the fields.
to gain, win, acquire, or use (a prize, product, or result of any past act, process, plan, etc.).
to catch, take, or remove for use:
Fishermen harvested hundreds of salmon from the river.
verb (used without object)
to gather a crop; reap.
before 950; Middle English; Old English hærfest; cognate with German Herbst autumn; akin to harrow1
Related forms
harvestable, adjective
harvestability, noun
harvestless, adjective
half-harvested, adjective
postharvest, adjective
preharvest, noun
reharvest, verb
unharvested, adjective
3. See crop. 5. accumulation, collection, product, return, proceeds. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for harvesting
  • In harvesting, when the in-gathering is complete, a few blades of corn left for the purpose have their tops tied together.
  • The product is designed to let doctors perform certain types of spinal-fusion surgeries without harvesting bone from the hip.
  • We are harvesting tons of snap peas, a few zucchinis have appeared, and the pole beans are going wild.
  • In that sense, harvesting natural resources trickles down through the master plan all the way into the buildings.
  • And it seems that every spring, as the sap rises, so does another essay about harvesting maple syrup.
  • Possibly the fungi developed tricks to fool the ants into moving and harvesting them.
  • Inventors kept working to improve steam power on the land, especially for use with heavy harvesting machinery.
  • The system depends on harvesting a limited number of rhinos under permits issued by the government.
  • They also use harvesting machines to pick the mâche.
  • Inside the shed was a map issued by the state, showing how far out oystermen have to go before they can start harvesting.
British Dictionary definitions for harvesting


the gathering of a ripened crop
the crop itself or the yield from it in a single growing season
the season for gathering crops
the product of an effort, action, etc: a harvest of love
to gather or reap (a ripened crop) from (the place where it has been growing)
(transitive) to receive or reap (benefits, consequences, etc)
(transitive) (mainly US) to remove (an organ) from the body for transplantation
Derived Forms
harvesting, noun
harvestless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hærfest; related to Old Norse harfr harrow, Old High German herbist autumn, Latin carpere to pluck, Greek karpos fruit, Sanskrit krpāna shears
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Word Origin and History for harvesting



Old English hærfest "autumn, period between August and November," from Proto-Germanic *harbitas (cf. Old Saxon hervist, Old Frisian and Dutch herfst, German Herbst "autumn," Old Norse haust "harvest"), from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (cf. Sanskrit krpana- "sword," krpani "shears;" Greek karpos "fruit," karpizomai "make harvest of;" Latin carpere "to cut, divide, pluck;" Lithuanian kerpu "cut;" Middle Irish cerbaim "cut").

The borrowing of autumn and the use of fall in a seasonal sense gradually focused the meaning of harvest to "the time of gathering crops" (mid-13c.), then to the action itself and the product of the action (after c.1300). Figurative use by 1530s. Harvest home (1590s) is the occasion of bringing home the last of the harvest; harvest moon (1706) is that which is full within a fortnight of the autumnal equinox.


c.1400, from harvest (n.). Of wild animals, from 1947; of cells, from 1946. Related: Harvested; harvesting.

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harvesting in the Bible

the season for gathering grain or fruit. On the 16th day of Abib (or April) a handful of ripe ears of corn was offered as a first-fruit before the Lord, and immediately after this the harvest commenced (Lev. 23:9-14; 2 Sam. 21:9, 10; Ruth 2:23). It began with the feast of Passover and ended with Pentecost, thus lasting for seven weeks (Ex. 23:16). The harvest was a season of joy (Ps. 126:1-6; Isa. 9:3). This word is used figuratively Matt. 9:37; 13:30; Luke 10:2; John 4:35. (See AGRICULTURE.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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