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reaping machine

any of various machines for reaping grain, often fitted with a device for automatically throwing out bundles of the cut grain.
Origin of reaping machine
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • And the corn was ripe and ready, the hand-cut lane cleared for the reaping-machine around nearly all the fields.

    The Retrospect Ada Cambridge
  • The reaping-machine was in sight now; it had stopped on the hillside.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Bell, a Scotch minister, also contrived a reaping-machine that was tried in 1828.

    Inventors Philip Gengembre Hubert
  • The inventor of the reaping-machine died on the 13th of May, 1884.

    Inventors Philip Gengembre Hubert
  • Success was evident, and the English farmers gave three hearty cheers for the American reaping-machine.

  • On their left was the sound of a reaping-machine and the perfume of new-mown hay.

    The Evil Shepherd E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The reaping-machine has banished such memories from the stubble.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • The dead lanterns swung in the morning air, and from back on the hill came the staccato sounds of a reaping-machine.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The reaping-machine began to rattle as he came up, and work was ready for him.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • The mauser is not the only reaping-machine the great harvester employs in war time.

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