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Middle English gaderen, from Old English gædrian, from Proto-Germanic *ǥađurōjanan (cf. Dutch gaderen, Middle High German [[gadern#Template:Gmh|gadern]]), frequentative of *ǥađōjanan (cf. Old Frisian [[gadia#Template:Ofs|gadia]]), from *ǥađaz 'fellowship' (cf. Old English gæd), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ- 'to unite, assemble'. More at good.


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    Rhymes: -æðə(r)


to Gather

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to Gather (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)

  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. Template: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, medical, of a boil or sore) To be filled with pus
    Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst.
  5. Template:Glassblowing To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.


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Gather ({{{1}}})

  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


  • aeghrt,
  • Gareth
  • rageth

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