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Gather, gatherer, or gathering may refer to:

In anthropology and sociology:

  • Hunter-gatherer, a person or a society whose subsistence depends on hunting and gathering of wild foods
  • Bee (gathering), an old term which describes a group of people coming together for a task
  • Salon (gathering), a party associated with French and Italian intellectuals
  • Intensive gathering, the practice of cultivating wild plants as a step toward domestication
  • Rag gatherer, an archaic occupation, also known as rag picker

In the arts:

Other uses:

  • Gather (sewing), an area where fabric is folded or bunched together with thread or yarn
  • Gather (knitting), a generic term for one of several knitting techniques to draw stitches closer together
  • Gather.com, a social networking website

See also


Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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Etymology

Old English gaderian

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to gather

Third person singular
gathers

Simple past
gathered

Past participle
gathered

Present participle
gathering

to gather (third-person singular simple present gathers, present participle gathering, simple past and past participle gathered)

  1. To collect; normally separate things.
    I've been gathering ideas from the people I work with.
    She bent down to gather the reluctant cat from beneath the chair.
    1. Especially, to harvest food.
      We went to gather some blackberries from the nearby lane.
    2. To accumulate over time, to amass little by little.
      Over the years he'd gathered a considerable collection of mugs.
    3. (intransitive) To congregate, or assemble.
      People gathered round as he began to tell his story.
  2. To bring parts of a whole closer.
    She gathered the shawl about her as she stepped into the cold.
    1. (sewing) To add pleats or folds to a piece of cloth, normally to reduce its width.
      A gown should be gathered around the top so that it will remain shaped.
    2. (knitting) To bring stitches closer together.
      Be careful not to stretch or gather your knitting.
      If you want to emphasise the shape, it is possible to gather the waistline.
  3. To infer or conclude; to know from a different source.
    From his silence, I gathered that things had not gone well.
    I gather from Aunty May that you had a good day at the match.
  4. (intransitive, medicine, of a boil or sore) To be filled with pus
    Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst.
  5. (glassblowing) To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.

Translations

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Noun

Singular
gather

Plural
gathers

gather (plural gathers)

  1. A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
  2. The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
  3. The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See gather (transitive verb).
  4. (glassblowing) A piece of molten glass colected on the end of a blowpipe.

Derived terms

  • gathering iron

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