- (British) IPA: /ɡliːn/
glean (gleans, present participle gleaning; past and past participle gleaned)
- To collect (grain, grapes, etc.) left behind after the main harvest or gathering.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Ruth 2:2 ↗:
- Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace.
- c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene v]:
- To glean the broken ears after the man / That the main harvest reaps.
- To gather what is left in (a field or vineyard).
- to glean a field
- To gather information in small amounts, with implied difficulty, bit by bit.
- 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗:
- content to glean what we can from […] experiments
- 8 December 2011, BBC News, Iran shows film of captured US drone, available in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16098562 :
- He said Iran was "well aware of what priceless technological information" could be gleaned from the aircraft.
- To frugally accumulate resources from low-yield contexts.
- He gleaned a living from newspaper work for a few months, but in the summer went to a fishing village […] where […] he wrote his great historical drama, "Master Olof." (Translators Edith and Warner Oland on author August Strindberg.)
- French: glaner
- German: nachlesen, schmorren
- Italian: racimolare, spigolare
- Portuguese: respigar, catar
- Russian: подбира́ть
- Spanish: espigar
- French: glaner
- German: herausbekommen, zusammentragen
- Italian: racimolare, raccogliere, raccattare
- Russian: собира́ть
- Spanish: espigar, entresacar
glean (plural gleans)
- A collection made by gleaning.
- The gleans of yellow thyme distend his thighs.