- An example of glean is when you ask questions to try to find out information.
- An example of glean is when you collect the grain remaining in the field after the reapers have finished harvesting the field.
- to collect (grain, etc. left by reapers)
- to collect the remaining grain, etc. from (a reaped field)
- to collect or find out (facts, etc.) gradually or bit by bit
- to examine or go through (books, etc.) so as to collect certain information
Origin of gleanMiddle English glenen ; from Old French glener ; from Vulgar Latin glennare ; from Celt, as in Old Irish d?gleinn, he gleans ; from Indo-European an unverified form ?hlend- ; from base an unverified form ?hel-: see gleam
verbgleaned, glean·ing, gleans
- To gather (grain) left behind by reapers.
- To collect bit by bit: “records from which historians glean their knowledge” (Kemp Malone). See Synonyms at reap.
Origin of gleanMiddle English glenen, from Old French glener, from Late Latin glenn&amacron;re, probably of Celtic origin.
(third-person singular simple present gleans, present participle gleaning, simple past and past participle gleaned)
- To collect (grain, grapes, etc.) left behind after the main harvest or gathering.
- To gather what is left in (a field or vineyard).
- to glean a field
- To gather information in small amounts, with implied difficulty, bit by bit.
- To frugally accumulate resources from low-yield contexts.
- He gleaned a living from newspaper work for a few months, but in the summer went to a fishing village […] where […] he wrote his great historical drama, "Master Olof." (Translators Edith and Warner Oland on author August Strindberg.)
- A collection made by gleaning.