(third-person singular simple present reaps, present participle reaping, simple past and past participle reaped or reapt)
- To cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine, as grain; to gather, as a harvest, by cutting.
- To gather; to obtain; to receive as a reward or harvest, or as the fruit of labor or of works, in a good or a bad sense.
- to reap a benefit from exertions
- (computer science) To terminate a child process that has previously exited, thereby removing it from the process table.
- Until a child process is reaped, it may be listed in the process table as a zombie or defunct process.
Middle English repen, from Old English ripan, reopan, from Proto-Germanic *rÄ«panÄ… (compare West Frisian repe, German reifsen "˜to snatch', Norwegian ripa "˜to score, scratch'), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚rep- "˜to snatch' (compare Latin rapere "˜to seize, plunder', Lithuanian aprÃ©pti 'to seize, embrace', Albanian rrjep "˜to peel, tear off', Ancient Greek á¼ÏÎÏ€Ï„Î¿Î¼Î±Î¹ (erÃ©ptomai, “I feed on")).