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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Gather


GATH'ER, verb transitive

1. To bring together; to collect a number of separate things into one place or into one aggregate body.

Gather stones; and they took stones, and made a heap. Genesis 31:46.

2. To get in harvest; to reap or cut and bring into barns or stores. Leviticus 25:20.

3. To pick up; to glean; to get in small parcels and bring together.

Gather out the stones. Isaiah 62:10.

He must gather up money by degrees.

4. To pluck; to collect by cropping, picking or plucking.

Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Matthew 7:16.

5. To assemble; to congregate; to bring persons into one place. Ezekiel 22:19.

6. To collect in abundance; to accumulate; to amass.

I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings. Ecclesiastes 2:26.

7. To select and take; to separate from others and bring together.

Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen. Psalms 106:47.

8. To sweep together.

The kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind. Matthew 13:28.

9. To bring into one body or interest.

Yet will I gather others to him. Isaiah 56:8.

10. To draw together from a state of expansion or diffusion; to contract.

Gathering his flowing robe he seemed to stand,

In act to speak, and graceful stretch'd his hand.

11. To gain.

He gathers ground upon her in the chase.

12. To pucker; to plait.

13. To deduce by inference; to collect or learn by reasoning. From what I hear I gather that he was present.

After he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. Acts 16:1.

14. To coil as a serpent.

To gather breath, to have respite.

GATH'ER, verb intransitive To collect; to unite; to increase; to be condensed. The clouds gather in the west.

1. To increase; to grow larger by accretion of like matter.

Their snow ball did not gather as it went.

2. To assemble. The people gather fast.

3. To generate pus or matter. [See Gathering.]