• WordNet 3.6
    • v gather increase or develop "the peace movement gained momentum","the car gathers speed"
    • v gather collect or gather "Journals are accumulating in my office","The work keeps piling up"
    • v gather conclude from evidence "I gather you have not done your homework"
    • v gather look for (food) in nature "Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall"
    • v gather draw together into folds or puckers
    • v gather draw and bring closer "she gathered her shawl around her shoulders"
    • v gather assemble or get together "gather some stones","pull your thoughts together"
    • v gather collect in one place "We assembled in the church basement","Let's gather in the dining room"
    • v gather get people together "assemble your colleagues","get together all those who are interested in the project","gather the close family members"
    • n gather the act of gathering something
    • n gather sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching
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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.
    • Gather A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
    • Gather (Carriage Making) The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
    • Gather (Arch) The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See Gather v. t., 7.
    • Gather To accumulate by collecting and saving little by little; to amass; to gain; to heap up. "He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.""To pay the creditor . . . he must gather up money by degrees."
    • Gather To bring closely together the parts or particles of; to contract; to compress; to bring together in folds or plaits, as a garment; also, to draw together, as a piece of cloth by a thread; to pucker; to plait; as, to gather a ruffle. "Gathering his flowing robe, he seemed to stand
      In act to speak, and graceful stretched his hand."
    • Gather (Arch) To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue, or the like.
    • Gather To bring together; to collect, as a number of separate things, into one place, or into one aggregate body; to assemble; to muster; to congregate. "And Belgium's capital had gathered them
      Her beauty and her chivalry."
      "When he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together."
    • Gather To collect or bring things together. "Thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed."
    • Gather To come together; to collect; to unite; to become assembled; to congregate. "When small humors gather to a gout.""Tears from the depth of some divine despair
      Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes."
    • Gather To concentrate; to come to a head, as a sore, and generate pus; as, a boil has gathered .
    • Gather To derive, or deduce, as an inference; to collect, as a conclusion, from circumstances that suggest, or arguments that prove; to infer; to conclude. "Let me say no more! Gather the sequel by that went before."
    • Gather To gain; to win. "He gathers ground upon her in the chase."
    • Gather To grow larger by accretion; to increase. "Their snowball did not gather as it went."
    • Gather (Naut) To haul in; to take up; as, to gather the slack of a rope.
    • Gather To pick out and bring together from among what is of less value; to collect, as a harvest; to harvest; to cull; to pick off; to pluck. "A rose just gathered from the stalk.""Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?""Gather us from among the heathen."
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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.
    • gather To bring or draw together; assemble; congregate; collect; make a collection or aggregation of.
    • gather To take by selection from among other things; sort out or separate, as what is desired or valuable; cull; pick; pluck.
    • gather To bring closer together the component parts of; draw into smaller compass, as a garment; hence, to make folds in, as the brow by contracting it.
    • gather Hence In sewing, to full or shirr (a piece of cloth) by running a thread through it and then drawing it in small puckers by means of the thread.
    • gather In building, to contract or close in, as a drain or chimney.
    • gather To acquire or gain, with or without effort; accumulate; win.
    • gather To accumulate by saving and bringing together; amass.
    • gather To collect or learn by observation or reasoning; infer; conclude.
    • gather To bring into order; arrange; settle.
    • gather In glass manufacturing, to collect from the pot (a mass of molten glass) on the end of an iron tube, preparatory to blowing. This operation is performed by a workman called a gatherer. See gatherer, 6.
    • gather To reap, cull, crop.
    • gather To hoard, heap up.
    • gather To collect; congregate; come together: as, the clouds gather in the west.
    • gather To increase; grow larger by accretion.
    • gather To come to a head, as a sore in suppurating.
    • gather Synonyms To come together, muster, cluster.
    • n gather A plait or fold in cloth held in position by a thread drawn through it.
    • n gather A slight forward inclination of the axle-spindle of a carriage, to insure the even running of the wheel.
    • gather In mech., to fit into; fit together: used in speaking of the teeth of gears.
    • gather Nautical, to overtake another vessel: a vessel is said to gather on another when it is overtaking it.
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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.
    • v.t Gather gath′ėr to collect: to acquire: in sewing, to plait: to learn by inference
    • v.i Gather to assemble or muster: to increase: to suppurate
    • n Gather a plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing the thread through (pl. that part of the dress which is gathered or drawn in)
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  • Publilius Syrus
    “A rolling stone can gather no moss.”
  • 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.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.”
  • Bible
    “He who gathers money little by little makes it grow. [Proverbs 13:11]”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gaderen, AS. gaderian, gadrian, fr. gador, geador, together, fr. gæd, fellowship; akin to E. good, D. gaderen, to collect, G. gatte, husband, MHG. gate, also companion, Goth. gadiliggs, a sister's son. √29. See Good, and cf. Together


In literature:

As I stepped forward to gather what I had killed, the rest whirred away into the woods.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Then he waited till the harvest season, when the commons were in the fields, gathering the ripened corn.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
A single oil lamp served to dispel the gathering gloom of the early twilight.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
He surveyed her with gathering concern.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
Gubblum's manner gathered emphasis.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
It also provides a means of gathering Nature Study material.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
A lang gather'd dam soon runs out.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
The little ones gather round, clinging to her skirts.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
The forces gathered there became too strong for the Spaniards, and President Monroe decided to interfere.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Curly knew the story of how in one drive he had made a gather of outlaws that had brought fame to him.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine

In poetry:

Gather quickly
Out of darkness
All the songs you know
And throw them at the sun
Before they melt
Like snow
"Bouquet" by Langston Hughes
A warrior rode against me.
I laid him to his rest.
I could not stop to gather
The bright sword from his breast.
"The Warrior Maid" by Anna Hempstead Branch
Ho! preachers of His Gospel who
Salvation came to bring,
Rest from your labors for awhile,
And join our gathering!
"Invitation To The Clergy" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
For I seem to see Him waiting
Where a gathered Heaven greets
A great victorious army,
Surging up the golden streets.
"A Rainy Day in Camp" by Anonymous Americas
Older men remember rather
"New Year!" ringing o'er the Northland.
How it power had to gather
Leaders to a greater age
"Johan Ludvig Heiberg 1860" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
THE noon of summer sheds its ray
On Harvard's holy ground;
The Matron calls, the sons obey,
And gather smiling round.
"The Parting Song" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Every September for 86 years, Santa Fe residents have gathered to witness the burning of Zozobra.
Where We Once Gathered, Lost Synagogues of Europe by Andrea Strongwater ().
Now, the bookshop 's owners are gathering votes to qualify for a $250,000 small business grant from Chase and Living Social, which Crain's says would fund their relocation.
Gathering up a herd of sheep is nothing for one daring Border Collie , who tackles a much more challenging pack by keeping a group of tigers in check, and has video of the brave working dog.
For years scientists have studied volcanoes, gathering important data about the dates and locations of eruptions and observing the dust and lava that are produced.
Throughout November, The Birmingham News and will be gathering shoeboxes filled with personal items for our troops.
The post-rock pioneers gather their odds and sods for a summer release.
Parents and residents gathered on Wednesday night at St Katharine Drexel Church on Blue Hill Ave to oppose proposed changes to the city's school assignment system.
Imagine Lubbock event kicks off week of public gatherings.
Undefeated Mount Si team punishing opponents, gathering strength for Bellevue test.
Members of the Navarre community gathered today at Navarre Park to honor all veterans on Veterans Day.
Decided it would be fun to bring together a gathering of employees, past and present.
The DC chapter of Slideluck Potshow will share photography projects and homemade dishes at their seventh gathering on April 21 at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital.
Local first responders gathered on Saturday to brush up on their emergency response skills.

In science:

It is therefore mandatory to gather more experimental data on the latter at comparable collision energies.
Remarks on the extraction of freeze-out parameters
In the next section we gather necessary technical information about random graphs, used later in the proof of the main result.
THe largest eigenvalue of sparse random graphs
Thus, at least in principle, we can gather the ǫ expansion for the exponents ψℓ /νk from the literature.
Multifractal current distribution in random diode networks
A few concluding remarks are gathered in Sect. 4, while additional technical derivations or more involved cases are left to appendices A-E.
Critical and Tricritical Hard Objects on Bicolorable Random Lattices: Exact Solutions
We introduce a designated combinator · & · to gather strategies of different types in an overloaded strategy.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies