Glean meaning

glēn
The definition of glean is to obtain information or to collect grain left behind after harvesting.

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.

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To gather (grain) left behind by reapers.
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A collection made by gleaning.
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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.)

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To collect bit by bit.
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To gather information in small amounts, with implied difficulty, bit by bit.
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To gather grain left behind by reapers.
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To collect the remaining grain, etc. from (a reaped field)
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To collect (grain, grapes, etc.) left behind after the main harvest or gathering.
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To gather what is left in (a field or vineyard).

To glean a field.

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To collect (grain, etc. left by reapers)
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(obsolete) Cleaning; afterbirth.

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Origin of glean

  • Middle English glenen from Old French glener from Late Latin glennāre probably of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English glenen, from Anglo-Norman glener, from Late Latin glen(n)ō (“make a collection”), from Gaulish.

    From Wiktionary