What does the word glean mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

  • To gather ( leavings) after reaping; gather item by item.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Gleaner.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Gleaning.

Usage examples for glean

  1. Of the particulars of Glendower's earliest history Wolfe was utterly ignorant; but the addresses upon some old letters, which he had accidentally seen, had informed him that Glendower had formerly borne another name; and it was easy to glean from the student's conversation that something of greater distinction and prosperity than he now enjoyed was coupled with the appellation he had renounced. – The Disowned, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. These memoirs relate to circumstances of which he was ignorant, or possibly may have omitted purposely as being of little importance; and whatever he has let fall on his road I think myself fortunate in being permitted to glean. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  3. You must leave us poor provincial devils a few ears to glean. – Abbé Aubain and Mosaics by Prosper Mérimée