Word of the Day: Gather
gath-er / găth-ər
1. the act of drawing or bringing together
Curly knew the story of how in one drive he had made a gather of outlaws that had brought fame to him.
From “Crooked Trails and Straight” by William MacLeod Raine, 1871 – 1954
2. something that has been brought together
Since knits tend to get really tight and fitted across the bodice, the gathers in the shoulders give a little extra space in the bodice without looking frumpy.
www.etsy.com/ca/listing/241245399/gathers-in-the-shoulders-and-knit-sewing, accessed November 22, 2021
1. to bring together
Learning how to gather fabric is a basic sewing technique, and essential for garment sewing, but it can be challenging when you are first learning.
www.thegirlinspired.com/sewing-basics-gathering, January 5, 2013
2. to collect
Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day.
Tryon Edwards, 1809 – 1894
2. to assemble a group
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Matthew 18:20 (KJB)
3. to harvest
He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship; he who plants kindness, gathers love.
Saint Basil the Great 329-379
4. to pick up
Salt split is never all gathered.
5. to attract; to cause to draw near
A raccoon that spent much of Tuesday climbing a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minn., has gathered a crowd of anxious followers from around the world.
The Associated Press, “Raccoon scales Minnesota office tower, leaving public in suspense”, June 12, 2018
6. to pull close
Outside the door he squatted down and gathered the blanket ends about his knees.
From “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck, 1902 – 1968
7. to search for and collect food from the wild
He who would gather honey must brave the sting of bees.
8. to infer from what someone has said; to conclude by reasoning based on evidence
He could not gather what was vexing her, but it was impossible to him to feel otherwise than that she was the prettiest thing in the world, and that if he could have his way, nothing should ever vex her any more.
From “Adam Bede” by George Eliot, 1819 – 1880
9. to summon or call upon
Take a moment to gather your thoughts about your situation and ask, “What would Love do?”
Doreen Virtue, 1958 –
10. to accumulate slowly, over time
Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
Proverb 13:11 (NIV)
11. to slowly build up; to increase
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
Thomas Paine, 1737 – 1809
12. to contract, making folds, creases or wrinkles
It is no wonder that Erling the Bold gathered his brow into an ominous frown, pressed his lips together, tossed his locks impatiently while he thought on.
From “Erling the Bold” by R. M. Ballantyne, 1825 – 1894
13. in glass blowing, to use a tool to accumulate molten glass
A mass of glass was gathered and blown into a globe at the end of the blowing iron and marvered to a conical shape.
Arun Kumar Varshneya, “Industrial Glass”, ‘Encyclopedia Britannica’, https://www.britannica.com/topic/glass-properties-composition-and-industrial-production-234890. accessed 22 November 2021
From the Anglo-Saxon verb gaderian/gadrian (bring together, collect, gather) through the Middle English verb gaderen/gethuren of the same meaning.
Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.