Gather

Noun

  • The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See gather (transitive verb).
  • The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
  • A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
  • (glassblowing) A blob of molten glass collected on the end of a blowpipe.

Verb

  • (architecture) To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as for example where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue.
  • To infer or conclude; to know from a different source.

    "I gather from Aunty May that you had a good day at the match."

  • To gain; to win.
  • To collect; normally separate things.

    "I've been gathering ideas from the people I work with."

  • To accumulate over time, to amass little by little.

    "Over the years he'd gathered a considerable collection of mugs."

  • To bring parts of a whole closer.

    "She gathered the shawl about her as she stepped into the cold."

  • (knitting) To bring stitches closer together.

    "If you want to emphasise the shape, it is possible to gather the waistline."

  • To infer or conclude; to know from a different source.

    "From his silence, I gathered that things had not gone well."

  • (glassblowing) To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.
  • Especially, to harvest food.

    "We went to gather some blackberries from the nearby lane."

  • (intransitive) To grow gradually larger by accretion.
  • (knitting) To bring stitches closer together.

    "Be careful not to stretch or gather your knitting."

  • (nautical) To haul in; to take up.

    "to gather the slack of a rope"

  • (intransitive, medicine, of a boil or sore) To be filled with pus

    "Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst."

  • To collect; normally separate things.

    "She bent down to gather the reluctant cat from beneath the chair."

  • (intransitive) To congregate, or assemble.

    "People gathered round as he began to tell his story."

  • (sewing) To add pleats or folds to a piece of cloth, normally to reduce its width.

    "A gown should be gathered around the top so that it will remain shaped."

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