• WordNet 3.6
    • n gatherer a person who is employed to collect payments (as for rent or taxes)
    • n gatherer a person who gathers "they were a society of hunters and gatherers"
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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.
    • Gatherer (Sewing Machine) An attachment for making gathers in the cloth.
    • Gatherer One who gathers or collects.
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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 gatherer One who or that which gathers or collects: frequent in compounds: as, a tax-gatherer; a news-gatherer.
    • n gatherer Specifically One who gets in a crop: as, a hay-gatherer.
    • n gatherer In bookbinding, one who collects the printed sheets of a book in consecutive order.
    • n gatherer One who makes plaits or folds in a garment, or a contrivance in a sewing-machine for effecting this.
    • n gatherer Formerly, the man who took the money at the entrance to a theater.
    • n gatherer In glass manufacturing, a workman who collects a mass of molten glass from the pot, on the end of an iron rod or pipe, usually as a preliminary to blowing.
    • n gatherer One of the median, permanent incisors of a horse used to gather or nip off grass in feeding. The four median milk-incisors, two above and two below, are shed by a colt at the age of two or two and one half years and replaced by the permanent incisors. Also called nipper.
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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.
    • ns Gatherer one who collects: a gleaner: in glass manufacturing, a workman who collects molten glass on the end of a rod preparatory to blowing
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It's sad that, in our blindness we gather thorns for flowers”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “A rolling stone can gather no moss.”
  • Fred A. Allen
    “A conference is a gathering of people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.”
  • Terrence Deal
    Terrence Deal
    “The real process of making decisions, of gathering support, of developing opinions, happens before the meeting or after.”
  • Vimalia Mcclure
    Vimalia Mcclure
    “To accept what you are is to be content, and contentment is the greatest wealth. To work with patience is to gather power.”
  • St. Basil
    St. Basil
    “He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”


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:

Murray followed up his words before the younger man could gather his retort.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Word was sent round privately, and every man was bidden to gather, in Jedburgh forest.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
It came when a ravine opened at their feet and she drew herself from him to gather up her skirts for the descent.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
Men were moving across that blank area, gathering at the foot of the ladder.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
I turned down the clothes, and saw the bugs gathering in the centre from all parts of the bed.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
He will gather his wheat into his storehouse, but he will burn the straw in fire that never dies down!
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
They soon gathered together, in a sort of defensive league, against their common oppressors.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
Two small tears gathered.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
Somewhere above, his own kind gathered.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
Next adjust the gathers evenly and sew in place.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin

In poetry:

I stood in the gathering twilight,
In a gently blowing wind;
Then the house looked half uneasy,
Like one that was left behind.
"The Old Garden" by George MacDonald
So to you two for whose loved sake
This gathering of song I make
I need not tell of right and wrong
Or set a moral to my song.
"Of My Poems" by Thomas MacDonagh
Veil-like and beautiful
Gathered the dutiful
Mist in the night,
True to the messaging,
Dreamful and presaging
Vapour and light.
"Mist And Frost" by Duncan Campbell Scott
"And in the dream our brother's gone
Upstairs: he heard our father call;
For one by one we go alone,
Till he has gathered all."
"A Prayer for the Past: All sights and sounds of day and yea" by George MacDonald
For the spell that once had gathered
All the chiefs beneath the sway
Of the ancient Royal sceptre
Of the Isles had passed away.
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
And what wealth then shall be left us
when none shall gather gold
To buy his friend in the market,
and pinch and pine the sold?
"The Day Is Coming" by William Morris

In news:

There are tons of parties and family gatherings, and that means food.
At the fam­ily gath­er­ing on Sat­ur­day, we avoided candy in favor of a pump­kin cake.
Artist David Wilson gathers music, film, and friends at Berkeley Art Museum.
Dr, Bruce Magee and Stephen Payne are in the early stages of gathering works for an updated anthology.
Ahead of a family gathering.
At a gathering over the weekend, someone asked everyone in the crowd to raise their hand if they made New Year's resolutions and then keep them keep them up if they had kept last year's resolutions.
World leaders and mourners gathered Friday in Accra for the funeral service of late Ghanaian president John Evans Atta Mills, who died at a military hospital on June 24 after a period of illness.
Online registration saves attendees valuable time and money, and ensures access to the biggest and most important bicycle industry gathering of the year.
Over 120 prime ministers, presidents and monarchs are gathering this week at the UN for the annual meeting.
While Fort Wayne was enjoying an air show on Sunday Bluffton was treated to its own version of a transportation gathering when more than a dozen airplane-shaped Pulse autocycles "flew" into town Sunday noon.
The Avon Lions announced a program earlier this month where the club, in conjunction with the Red Cross, is gathering holiday greeting cards for troops overseas and at home.
Canton, NY, Aug 30, 2012 — An ancient meditation practice that cleanses and energizes the body will be taught at a gathering next Tuesday night in Canton.
Parents, teachers and taxpayers gather at the Ticonderoga High School gym.
An undercover police officer in Maine used a fake chewing-gum survey to gather.
MDE Gathers Samples From Chicken Farm .

In science:

In general we can say, that Spitting describes the systematic scanning of a VoIP network with the target of gathering information about available user accounts and the systematic session establishment attempts to as many users as possible in order to transfer any kind of message.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
From these beginnings, the general theory of relativity has been verified at ever higher accuracy and presently it successfully accounts for all data gathered to date.
Experimental Tests of General Relativity
Our video camera gathers light for almost the entire 33 ms video frame time.
Concentration and Length Dependence of DNA Looping in Transcriptional Regulation
The a priori sensible qualities of our agents to gather all possible information and adapt to the recent past turn out to backfire.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
Slingshot stars also include many massive stars because slingshots occur at the center of the star cluster where massive stars are gathering.
Trojan Stars in the Galactic Center