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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.
Origin of harvest
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for harvesting
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  • The women kept their homes 25 in order, tended their gardens, and helped with the plowing and the harvesting.

  • The labor of cultivating and harvesting cotton of any kind was very great.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • The cost of harvesting and threshing such crops is also greater, relatively, than of those of medium growth.

  • The harvesting might be long but the garnering would be none the less sure.

    The Fathers of New England Charles M. Andrews
  • harvesting was not complete yet, and soon flurries of snow began to drive across the fields and threaten the approach of winter.

    Hiram The Young Farmer Burbank L. Todd
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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