reap
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reap (reaps, present participle reaping; past and past participle reaped)

  1. (transitive) To cut (for example a grain) with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine
  2. (transitive) To gather (e.g. a harvest) by cutting.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Leviticus 19:9 ↗:
      And when ye reape the haruest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reape the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleaning#English|gleanings of thy haruest.
  3. (transitive) To obtain or receive as a reward, in a good or a bad sense.
    to reap a benefit from exertions
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Galatians 6:7 ↗:
      Be not deceiued, God is not mocked: for whatsoeuer a man soweth, that shall he also reape.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗, page 60 ↗:
      Why do I humble thus my ſelf, and ſuing / For peace, reap nothing but repulſe and hate?
  4. (transitive, computer science) To terminate a child process that has previously exited, thereby removing it from the process table.
    Until a child process is reaped, it may be listed in the process table as a zombie or defunct process.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To deprive of the beard; to shave.
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reap (plural reaps)

  1. A bundle of grain; a handful of grain laid down by the reaper as it is cut.
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