glean

Part of speech: verb

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

Part of speech: noun

Gleaner.

Part of speech: adjective

Gleaning.

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Usage examples "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", 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", Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton.
  3. You must leave us poor provincial devils a few ears to glean. - "Abbé Aubain and Mosaics", Prosper Mérimée.