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gathering

[gath -er-ing] /ˈgæð ər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
an assembly or meeting.
2.
an assemblage of people; group or crowd.
3.
a collection, assemblage, or compilation of anything.
4.
the act of a person or thing that gathers.
5.
something that is gathered together.
6.
a gather or a series of gathers in cloth.
7.
an inflamed and suppurating swelling.
8.
(in a flue, duct, or the like) a tapered section forming a transition between two sections, one of which has a greater area than the other.
9.
Bookbinding. a section in a book, usually a sheet cut into several leaves.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English gaderinge, Old English gaderunge. See gather, -ing1
Synonyms
1. assemblage. 2. congregation, concourse, company, throng. 7. boil, abscess, carbuncle.
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  • The play was intended to be recited at private gatherings and not actually performed.
  • Family gatherings brought the wilsons in contact with cousin mike love.
  • They were intended to be read or recited at small gatherings of the wealthy.
British Dictionary definitions for gatherings

gathering

/ˈɡæðərɪŋ/
noun
1.
a group of people, things, etc, that are gathered together; assembly
2.
(sewing) a gather or series of gathers in material
3.
  1. the formation of pus in a boil
  2. the pus so formed
4.
(printing) an informal name for section (sense 17)
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Word Origin and History for gatherings

gathering

n.

"a meeting," mid-12c., from late Old English gaderung, verbal noun from gather.

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