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wine press

or wine presser

a machine in which the juice from grapes is pressed for wine.
Origin of wine press
1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • He hath trodden the wine-press alone, of the people there was none with him.

    Gathering Jewels James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
  • A wine-press had been erected, and grapes were gathered and brought to it.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • Behind the house was the wine-press where the wine was made.

    Dreams Olive Schreiner
  • August, with his feet in the wine-press, gathers the grapes.

  • His days were as monotonous as those of the blinded ass set to turn the wine-press.

    The Waters of Edera Louise de la Rame, a.k.a. Ouida
  • Here again, were the reaper, and the joyous treaders of the wine-press.

  • But our High Priest sufficeth, and hath trodden the wine-press alone.

    Robin Tremayne Emily Sarah Holt
  • And so it is a blessing for God to give the fruit of the wine-press to his children?

  • Have I no been bruised as in a wine-press, and cast oot wi' hissing and scorning into waste places?'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The colour of my doctor's gown—I have trodden the wine-press alone.

    All Men are Ghosts L. P. Jacks
wine-press in the Bible

Consisted of two vats or receptacles, (1) a trough (Heb. gath, Gr. lenos) into which the grapes were thrown and where they were trodden upon and bruised (Isa. 16:10; Lam. 1:15; Joel 3:13); and (2) a trough or vat (Heb. yekebh, Gr. hypolenion) into which the juice ran from the trough above, the gath (Neh. 13:15; Job 24:11; Isa. 63:2, 3; Hag. 2:16; Joel 2:24). Wine-presses are found in almost every part of Palestine. They are "the only sure relics we have of the old days of Israel before the Captivity. Between Hebron and Beersheba they are found on all the hill slopes; they abound in southern Judea; they are no less common in the many valleys of Carmel; and they are numerous in Galilee." The "treading of the wine-press" is emblematic of divine judgment (Isa. 63:2; Lam. 1:15; Rev. 14:19, 20).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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