• WordNet 3.6
    • n gathering the act of gathering something
    • n gathering the social act of assembling "they demanded the right of assembly"
    • n gathering sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching
    • n gathering a group of persons together in one place
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Additional illustrations & photos:

People gathering hay People gathering hay
A small group gather round a cauldron in the woods A small group gather round a cauldron in the woods
Photo of a Wood Gatherer Photo of a Wood Gatherer
Traders and shoppers gathered around a dog-cart Traders and shoppers gathered around a dog-cart

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: While still in college, Bill Gates and Paul Allen once built a special purpose machine called "Traff-O-Data." It was a machine that would analyze information gathered by traffic monitors. They never found any buyers.
    • Gathering A charitable contribution; a collection.
    • Gathering A crowd; an assembly; a congregation.
    • Gathering A tumor or boil suppurated or maturated; an abscess.
    • a Gathering Assembling; collecting; used for gathering or concentrating.
    • Gathering That which is gathered, collected, or brought together
    • Gathering The act of collecting or bringing together.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Sumatra, workers on coffee plantations gather the world's most expensive coffee by following a gourmet marsupial who consumes only the choicest coffee beans. By picking through what he excretes, they obtain the world's most expensive coffee -'Kopi Luwak', which sells for over $100 per pound.
    • n gathering The act of assembling, collecting, or making a collection, as of money.
    • n gathering That which is gathered together.
    • n gathering A crowd; an assembly; specifically, a concourse of spectators or participants for some purpose of common interest.
    • n gathering A collection or assemblage of anything; a contribution.
    • n gathering An inflamed and suppurating swelling.
    • n gathering A wooden construction about a scuttle in a roof.
    • n gathering In building, a contraction of any passage, as of a drain, or of a fireplace at its junction with the flue.
    • n gathering The act of making gathers, or of giving shape to a garment, as a skirt, by means of gathers.
    • n gathering In glass manufacturing, the act of coiling or collecting a mass of molten glass in the viscous state on the end of a rod or tube.
    • n gathering The collection in proper order of the folded sections, plates, or maps of an unbound book or pamphlet.
    • n gathering In agriculture, plowing back and forth around the crown of an existing ridge of land, thus turning all the furrow-slices inward and increasing the height of the ridge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "trivia" comes from the Latin "trivium" which is the place where three roads meet, a public square. People would gather and talk about all sorts of matters, most of which were trivial.
    • Gathering a crowd or assembly: a tumour or collection of matter
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  • John Dryden
    “Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.”
  • Jean Paul
    “Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.”
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
    “When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.”
  • Lord Byron
    “For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear.”
  • Bible
    “He who gathers money little by little makes it grow. [Proverbs 13:11]”
  • William R. Alger
    William R. Alger
    “Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond fields of the mind.”


A rolling stone gathers no moss - People say this to mean that an ambitious person is more successful than a person not trying to achieve anything. Originally it meant the opposite and was critical of people trying to get ahead.
Gather pace - If events gather pace, they move faster.
Gather steam - If something gathers speed, it moves or progresses at an increasing speed.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gaderian, gæderian, (tó)gædere, together; cf. geador, together, gǽd, company.


In literature:

Mrs. Lee followed, also gathering up her skirts.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
But all Maggie did was to sit stiller than ever, while her tears gathered, and fell, and gathered again.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Let us now gather folk and follow him up thither north.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
They gathered with glee to the baiting.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
We have gathered a little grafting wood and next spring some more German seedlings will lose their tops.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Seventy Iroquois gathered round a second fire for the night.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
Jet-black hair, slightly waving, streamed loose over temples and cheeks, and was gathered at the back in a short thick knot.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
This was not a space ship he gathered.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
While matters went thus in Somerset, a storm of war gathered in Wales.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The hands were a drifting lot, gathered from almost as many points as there were men present, but none of them knew the brand.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
As soon as we reached them, they gathered round to talk.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Charnisay found it safer to pass that winter in France, and La Tour gathered in all the peltry traffic of the bay.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Gathered about her bed was her husband, Owen Tresilian, and their son Philip and daughter Mary.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Cousin Charley called at "Al-f-u-r-d's" home to gather his essential personal effects.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Early as it was, crowds were beginning to gather and I never saw so many people in my life.
"Adventures in Swaziland" by Owen Rowe O'Neil
A few servants stayed behind, gathered about the body of the Cossack.
"The Enemies of Women" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
At last she rose, gathered the books together, and carried them off.
"The White Peacock" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The moment the last guest had departed, the three brothers gathered round her.
"Julia Ward Howe" by Laura E. Richards
Each spring and fall the cowboys gather the cattle together.
"How We are Fed" by James Franklin Chamberlain
Gerard, with simplicity, and quite as a matter of course, fell to gathering sticks with great expedition.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade

In poetry:

And thou dost well,for never sorrow
Sat upon thy golden brow,
And never storm of earthly passion
Gather'd in thy breast of snow.
"On Seeing Some Butterflies In A Clover Field On The Sabbath" by Caroline Fry
I gathered them fair and bright,
And wore them a short sunny day;
Overpowered at length with delight
In oblivious slumber I lay.
"Too Soon" by Ernest Jones

I AM bidden to gather roses
From a garden dead in snow.
You shall as soon find in my heart
Hope, that died of weeping long ago.
"The Captive Princess" by Ethel Clifford
On with my history let me go,
And reap again the gliding years,
Gather great noontide's joyous glow,
Eve's love-contented tears;
"A Prayer for the Past: All sights and sounds of day and yea" by George MacDonald
Come, ye poor, some comfort gather
Faint not in the race you run,
Hard the lot your gracious Father
Gave his dear, his only Son.
"A Christmas Hymn" by Hannah More
"But gather all my saints," he cries,
"That made their peace with God
By the Redeemer's sacrifice,
And sealed it with his blood.
"Psalm 50 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Similarly, MAP takes the same congressional data and mashes it up with information on campaign contributions provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, which offers its own API from data it gathers.
News gatherer Got a news tip.
The Palestinian party also extended its historic summit to try to ease disputes that have marred the gathering.
Neither Triplex nor Donnelley (or infoUSA) played any role in gathering or supplying that sensitive information....
Marty Cope adresses the gathering between pieces as First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church celebrates the restoration of their pipe organ JEFF SOCHKO — Special to the Herarld.
Eighth annual Long Beach gathering celebrates 1920s and '30s fashion, music, architecture and fun.
Residents gather in an air raid bunker Monday on Yeonpyeong Island.
An estimated 85,000 to 90,000 music fans are expected to gather each day in Indio beginning today for the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, according to Goldenvoice, the promoters of the popular music event.
They take to the trees to gather it.
The incident is at the center of yet another problem with weekend crowds gathering in the city's downtown area.
About a dozen people gathered at a busy North Fort Myers intersection today to let motorists know - 1:42 pm.
Guests gather for the daily duck march at The Peabody Orlando, which added 750 rooms and 250,000 square feet of meeting space in fall 2010.
It wasn't the type of picture Bob Lewis and D. Wayne Lukas had wanted nine hours earlier, when they gathered their friends for a photograph in front of Barn 10 on the backstretch of Belmont Park.
Tied to the Journal's Cheapskate column, this is a place for readers to gather and share their tales of living on the cheap.
The Star's hunter-gatherer, Durell Godfrey, went looking for timeless household design — in game-winning graphic patterns.

In science:

We will use the information gathered in the first two steps to estimate (4) by counting visible lattice points in subregions of the Farey triangle which satisfy our congruence constraints.
A note on Farey fractions with denominators in arithmetic progressions
These can be gathered inside the definition of a differential 2-crossed module (also called a 2-crossed module of Lie algebras ).
The fundamental Gray 3-groupoid of a smooth manifold and local 3-dimensional holonomy based on a 2-crossed module
It has been recently suggested that the bulk of the baryonic mass of galaxies might have been gathered through the accretion of intergalactic gas filaments instead of mergers (Dekel et al. 20 09).
Quasar induced galaxy formation: a new paradigm ?
We use the information gathered to investigate on the existence of exact correctors when c = cf .
A metric analysis of critical Hamilton--Jacobi equations in the stationary ergodic setting
Several new random graph models were proposed for such networks, and existing models were modified in order to fit the data gathered from these real-life networks.
Infinite random geometric graphs
CoRoT planet search, new photometric and spectroscopic observations have been gathered on this target, with the objective of refining the system parameters, notably the planet size, of detecting any further longer-period planet in the system, and of measuring the spin-orbit angle through the RM anomaly.
The spin-orbit angle of the transiting hot jupiter CoRoT-1b
Then let us put to the same class all horizontal lines that are intersected by l in the same segment and let us gather vertical lines into classes according to the same rule.
Buchstaber Invariant of Simple Polytopes
GASSIPLEX chips, when triggered, gather the signal from every channel and build one single multiplexed differential output with a nominal conversion factor of 3.6 mV/fC and a peaking time of 1.2 ms.
MICROMEGAS chambers for hadronic calorimetry at a future linear collider
The result of those corrections are gathered in figure 7.
MICROMEGAS chambers for hadronic calorimetry at a future linear collider
You have probably gathered by now that the solution of eigensystems is a fairly complicated business.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
We form for each pixel i a vector x(i) ∈ R25 by gathering the 25 intensities of the pixels in a 5 × 5 neighborhood centered at pixel i (with appropriate modifications near the edges).
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
This has enabled us to gather considerable ‘experimental data’ and test several early conjectures.
On Maximal Subgroups of Free Idempotent Generated Semigroups
Figure 1: Knowledge sharing/communication The “Information Science” Information science is defined as “… the study of the gathering, organizing, storing, retrieving, and dissemination of information” (Bates 1999, p. 1044).
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
We can expose more structure by gathering all the Temperley-Lieb algebras into a single category.
Temperley-Lieb Algebra: From Knot Theory to Logic and Computation via Quantum Mechanics
Then the lemma is proved. (cid:3) If we put into (14) the expansion U ε (t) = P∞ k=0 εk Uk (t) and gather together the terms with the same degree of ε, we obtain the following corollary.
Asymptotic expansion of semi-Markov random evolutions