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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Definitions for glean

  1. To learn, discover, or find out, usually little by little or slowly.
  2. To gather (grain or the like) after the reapers or regular gatherers.
  3. To gather slowly and laboriously, bit by bit.

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Citations for glean
From what little I can glean, it's the edited journal of a voyage from Sydney to California by a notary of San Francisco named Adam Ewing. David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas: a Novel
We all looked at each other, trying to glean something each from the other. Bram Stoker, Dracula
Origin of glean
1350-1400
Glean traces its origin back through Latin to the Celtic glan, "clean, pure." The sense "to learn or gather slowly" appears in English before the sense of "to gather grain left by the reapers."