• WordNet 3.6
    • n reaper farm machine that gathers a food crop from the fields
    • n Reaper Death personified as an old man or a skeleton with a scythe
    • n reaper someone who helps to gather the harvest
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Details of Hussey's reaper Details of Hussey's reaper
McCormick's reaper McCormick's reaper
McCormick reaper McCormick reaper
Mann reaper Mann reaper
Marsh reaper Marsh reaper
Champion reaper Champion reaper
Automatic self-binding reaper Automatic self-binding reaper

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reaper A reaping machine.
    • Reaper One who reaps. "The sun-burned reapers wiping their foreheads."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n reaper One who reaps; one who cuts grain with a sickle or other implement or machine; hence, one who gathers in the fruits of his own or others' labor or work.
    • n reaper A machine for cutting grain; a reaping-machine.
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In literature:

With a charming chorus and dance the reapers celebrate their first harvest festival.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Lady Clarke yielded, and cooked two or three bacon-hogs for the reapers.
"Old Times at Otterbourne" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Then Puss told the coachman where to go, and ran on before and came to some reapers.
"The National Nursery Book" by Unknown
And death, the Reaper, not content with the "bearded grain," gathered a flower or two as well.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
This is cut with the reaper and binder just after the wheat plant has flowered.
"Wheat Growing in Australia" by Australia Department of External Affairs
The field, then, into which women have put their sickles was already overcrowded with reapers.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
I have two ponies to break this fall, and Pa has promised to let me drive the reaper around the hundred-acre field.
"Fernley House" by Laura E. Richards
Reapers, millers, women at home, and people on their way to and from church were killed.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
She takes it to the highest eminence near, and waves it, and her fellow-reapers and gleaners shout huzzas.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
They had left the wood behind them now, and were riding through cornfields, where reapers were busy cutting down the waving corn.
"Stories of King Arthur's Knights" by Mary MacGregor

In poetry:

I rose and saw the sheaves
Upstanding in a row;
The reapers sang Thy praise
While passing to and fro.
"Mea Culpa" by Anna Johnston MacManus
And he saw, ere his eye was darkened,
The sheaves of the harvest-bringing;
And knew, while his ear yet hearkened,
The voice of the reapers singing.
"A Hero Gone" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I look on them, weeping in sorrow,
And think: "When the Reaper has come--
When finds me no longer the morrow--
What aid then?--from whom will they borrow
The crust of dry bread and the home?
"From Dawn To Dawn" by Morris Rosenfeld
Autumn blithe is come again,
With her brown and merry train;
I caught a sweet glance of her face—
With a sickle in her hand,
She came o'er the gowden land,
And reapers came shearing apace.
"Autumn And Winter." by Samuel Bamford
I waited, watched for the blessing
Promised, oh so long ago,
I looked for the brilliant future
The end of the long drawn woe,
My hopes, with my years, Time the reaper,
Hath laughingly laid them low.
"My Own Green Land" by Nora Pembroke
Yet, ere thy sable pall
Cross the wide threshold of the mighty Past,
Give back the treasures on thy bosom cast;
Earth would her gems recall:
Give back the lily's bloom and violet's breath,
The summer leaves that bowed before the reaper Death.
"The Dying Year" by Mary Gardiner Horsford

In news:

Deploys Reaper Drones Off Somalia Just in Time for Pirate Season.
The Predator -C (aka Avenger) is slightly larger than the turbo-powered Predator -B (aka Reaper).
Privileged Tuesday, Sept 9 (The CW) Series Debut: This steaming pile and 90210 are taking up valuable Reaper space.
The Jets Stave Off the Reaper for One More Week.
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Your options for terror at Reaper's Realm are endless.
Motorcyclist Online helps you research the used 2010 Saxon Motorcycle Reaper Base before buying this Cruiser bike.
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Saxon Motorcycle Reaper Base 2011.
2011 Saxon Motorcycle Reaper Base.
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Beware, teams, the Trib Reaper .
Don't Fear the Reaper .
The Haunted Hayride, the newest frightfest at Reaper 's Revenge, features 60 acres of dark, winding trails, with new surprises waiting around every corner.

In science:

In the positive mean curvature case, White ([Wh]) has previously shown that certain solutions of mean curvature flow, in particular the grim reaper hypersurface, cannot occur as rescaling limits.
A relation between entropy monotonicity and Harnack inequalities
Angenent ([A]) has shown, that solutions of the curve-shortening flow with self-intersections have the grim reaper curve as rescaling limit near singularities.
A relation between entropy monotonicity and Harnack inequalities
Remark 4.7. (1) In the special situation where the original solution (Mt ) is mean convex, that is H > 0 for M0 and subsequently for all Mt by the maximum principle, White [Wh] ruled out the grim reaper hypersurface as a rescaling limit using techniques from minimal surface theory and geometric measure theory.
A relation between entropy monotonicity and Harnack inequalities
In [A], it is proved that rescaling limits of non-embedded planar curves near singularities are given by the grim reaper curve Γ = ∂G defined above. (4) Some other translating solutions can occur as rescaling limits such as for instance a rotationally symmetric translating bowl (see for instance [Wa]).
A relation between entropy monotonicity and Harnack inequalities