Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The action of one that gathers.
  • n. That which is gathered or amassed; a collection or accumulation.
  • n. An assembly of persons; a meeting.
  • n. The collecting of food that grows wild, such as berries, roots, and grains.
  • n. A gather in cloth.
  • n. A suppurated swelling; a boil or abscess.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A meeting or get-together; a party or social function.
  • n. A group of people or things.
  • n. A section, a group of bifolios, or sheets of paper, stacked together and folded in half.
  • v. present continuous of gather; collecting or bringing together

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of collecting or bringing together.
  • n. That which is gathered, collected, or brought together.
  • n. A crowd; an assembly; a congregation.
  • n. A charitable contribution; a collection.
  • n. A tumor or boil suppurated or maturated; an abscess.
  • adj. Assembling; collecting; used for gathering or concentrating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of assembling, collecting, or making a collection, as of money.
  • n. That which is gathered together.
  • n. A crowd; an assembly; specifically, a concourse of spectators or participants for some purpose of common interest.
  • n. A collection or assemblage of anything; a contribution.
  • n. An inflamed and suppurating swelling.
  • n. A wooden construction about a scuttle in a roof.
  • n. In building, a contraction of any passage, as of a drain, or of a fireplace at its junction with the flue.
  • n. The act of making gathers, or of giving shape to a garment, as a skirt, by means of gathers.
  • n. In glass manufacturing, the act of coiling or collecting a mass of molten glass in the viscous state on the end of a rod or tube.
  • n. The collection in proper order of the folded sections, plates, or maps of an unbound book or pamphlet.
  • n. In agriculture, plowing back and forth around the crown of an existing ridge of land, thus turning all the furrow-slices inward and increasing the height of the ridge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the social act of assembling
  • n. sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching
  • n. a group of persons together in one place
  • n. the act of gathering something

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  • It's what I call the gathering momentum of millions of acts of kindness which define America and which enable America to stand tall in the face of evil.

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  • It's what I call the gathering momentum of millions of acts of kindness and decency which take place in spite of government.

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  • This qualification aside, I shall use the term gathering to refer to any set of two or more individuals whose members include all and only those who are at the moment in one another’s immediate presence.

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  • In bookbinding, a group of sheets folded together for sewing or gluing into the binding.

    February 22, 2007