glean vs harvest what difference

what is difference between glean and harvest


Etymology 1

From Middle English glenen, from Anglo-Norman glener, from Late Latin glen(n)ō (make a collection), from Gaulish, possibly from Proto-Celtic *glanos.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɡliːn/
  • Hyphenation: glean
  • Rhymes: -iːn


glean (third-person singular simple present gleans, present participle gleaning, simple past and past participle gleaned)

  1. To collect (grain, grapes, etc.) left behind after the main harvest or gathering.
    Synonym: lease
    • Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace.
  2. To gather what is left in (a field or vineyard).
  3. (figuratively) To gather information in small amounts, with implied difficulty, bit by bit.
    Synonym: learn
    • 8 December 2011, BBC News, Iran shows film of captured US drone, available in :
      He said Iran was “well aware of what priceless technological information” could be gleaned from the aircraft.
  4. To frugally accumulate resources from low-yield contexts.


glean (plural gleans)

  1. A collection made by gleaning.
    • The gleans of yellow thyme distend his thighs.

Etymology 2



  1. (obsolete) cleaning; afterbirth
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holland to this entry?)



  • -angle, Angel, Angle, Elgan, Galen, Lange, Legan, Nagle, agnel, angel, angle, genal, lenga



glean m

  1. Eclipsed form of clean.



Alternative forms

  • harvist, hervest, harst, hairst (all obsolete or dialectal)


From Middle English harvest, hervest, from Old English hærfest (autumn, harvest-time; August), from Proto-West Germanic *harbist, from Proto-Germanic *harbistaz (harvest-time, autumn, fall), from *harbaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kerp-.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɑɹ.vəst/, /ˈhɑɹ.vɪst/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɑː(ɹ)vɪst/, /ˈhɑː(ɹ)vəst/
  • (General Australian, General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ˈhaːvəst/


harvest (countable and uncountable, plural harvests)

  1. (Britain dialectal) The third season of the year; autumn; fall.
  2. The season of gathering ripened crops; specifically, the time of reaping and gathering grain.
  3. The process of gathering the ripened crop; harvesting.
  4. The yield of harvesting, i.e., the gathered crops or fruits.
    This year’s cotton harvest was great but the corn harvest was disastrous.
    • 1911, Jack London, The Whale Tooth
      The frizzle-headed man-eaters were loath to leave their fleshpots so long as the harvest of human carcases was plentiful. Sometimes, when the harvest was too plentiful, they imposed on the missionaries by letting the word slip out that on such a day there would be a killing and a barbecue.
  5. (by extension) The product or result of any exertion or course of action; reward or consequences.
    • The pope’s principal harvest was in the jubilee.
    • 1815, William Wordsworth, A Poet’s Epitaph
      the harvest of a quiet eye
  6. (paganism) A modern pagan ceremony held on or around the autumn equinox, which is in the harvesting season.


  • (season of the year): autumn, fall
  • (agricultural or horticultural yield): crop



harvest (third-person singular simple present harvests, present participle harvesting, simple past and past participle harvested)

  1. (transitive) To bring in a harvest; reap; glean.
  2. (intransitive) To be occupied bringing in a harvest
    Harvesting is a stressing, thirsty occupation
  3. (transitive) To win, achieve a gain.
    The rising star harvested well-deserved acclaim, even an Oscar under 21


Derived terms

  • harvestable
  • harvestability
  • harvestee
  • harvester
  • harvest bug
  • harvest fish
  • harvest fly
  • harvest home
  • harvest louse
  • harvestly
  • harvestman
  • harvest mite
  • harvest moon
  • harvest mouse
  • harvest queen
  • harvest spider
  • harvest time


  • thraves

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