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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gleaner someone who gathers something in small pieces (e.g. information) slowly and carefully
    • n gleaner someone who picks up grain left in the field by the harvesters
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gleaner One who gathers after reapers.
    • Gleaner One who gathers slowly with labor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gleaner One who gathers after reapers.
    • n gleaner One who gathers slowly and assiduously.
    • n gleaner A short-handled oyster-rake used by men wading in the water to gather oysters from the beds.
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In literature:

Ch., 30; Iowa City, "Little Gleaners" of Cong.
"The American Missionary--Volume 39, No. 02, February, 1885" by Various
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
Henderson (Ky.) Gleaner, Aug. 24, 1916.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
They are very active gleaners and of inestimable value to man.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
She gathered up her apron like a gleaner, And madly gleaned the little ebony drumsticks.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
As a gleaner of chivalrous gossip, and a painter of national manners, Froissart is perhaps unequalled.
"Notes and Queries, Number 216, December 17, 1853" by Various
Man, as the highest expression of the planet, in his three-fold nature, becomes the gleaner, the classifier, and the repository of these facts.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
In Pall Mall the laziest gleaner of London traditions might find a harvest.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
I was a gleaner once, and know that this is good weather for the farmers.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
My heart is full to bursting as I pass onward into the harvest-field and watch the gleaners at their busy toil.
"Mr. Punch's Country Life" by Various
In harvest time the gleaners' bell was rung to limit the time when the gleaners should set forth and return from their work.
"Bygone Church Life in Scotland" by Various
At the conclusion of the harvest they would have what was called a gleaners' frolic.
"From Crow-Scaring to Westminster; an Autobiography" by George Edwards M.P., O.B.E.
The harvest is large, the gleaners few.
"The Wound Dresser" by Walt Whitman
In that white vellum volume were harvested all the wild oats of the intellect that he did not leave to later gleaners.
"Oscar Wilde" by Arthur Ransome
She says he was no better nor a gleaner time gone by.
"It May Be True, Vol. II (of III)" by Mrs. Wood
Great was the surprise of the lonely gleaner when the rich man came to her side and gave her a word of comfortable greeting.
"Judges and Ruth" by Robert A. Watson
The example we have here given is taken from that humble source, which the historian leaves open to the gleaner.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 18" by Alexander Leighton
The Village Gleaner 34.
"'Puffing Billy' and the Prize 'Rocket'" by Helen Cross Knight
Since I wrote last we have parted from our companion the "Gleaner," and are yet in the Gulf of Mexico.
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
The gleaners were busy in the square paddock: Mrs. Todhetley spoke to some as we passed.
"Johnny Ludlow. First Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood

In poetry:

Small, flitting hands a handkerchief
Spread like a cunning trap:
Prone lay the gorgeous jewel-sheaf
In the glory-gleaner's lap!
"The Prism" by George MacDonald
The Old World’s outcast starvelings feast,—
Ungrudged,—on her corn and wine;
The gleaners are welcome, from west and east,
Where her autumn sickles shine.
"The Future Of Australia" by Mary Hannay Foott
Low they bend as they step,
And they hook and they grip,
Cut and carry with hook and with hand;
Merry gleaners sing behind,
Sweet as viol of the wind,
For the poor still have joy in the land.
"Autumn And Winter." by Samuel Bamford
But Indolence is seen a pallid Ruth--
A timid gleaner in the fields of youth--
A wretched gath'rer of the scattered grain
Left by the reapers who have swept the plain;
But with no Boaz standing by the while,
To watch its figure with approving smile.
"Indolence" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Mike Lawrence/The Gleaner Shopping at a jewelry booth, Carolyn Salyer of Chesterton Ind.
Florida Gleaner Arbor gives supplies to historical society.
Umwa meeting Mike Lawrence/The Gleaner Thousands of miners, retired miners and their spouses pick up yard signs as the exit The Centre in downtown Evansville Tuesday after a UMWA meeting with UMW President Cecil Roberts.
Or, mail your stories to: The Gleaner.
This Gleaners benefit is my son Jackson's baby.
IN EFFECT UNTIL NOV 11, 9:30 a.m. Gleaner sports writer Kevin Patton talks with Colonel assistant coach Danny Bean.
Stinnett / The Gleaner Henderson Community College educators and textbook authors, Bill Gary, left and Susie Thurman pose with their new developmental writing textbook "Ticket To Write".
President and CEO, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.
IN EFFECT UNTIL SEP 2, 5:00 a.m. Photo by Darrin Phegley, The Gleaner.
Farmer Markets partner with TV Gleaners.
Darrin Phegley / The Gleaner Sandy and Larry Pendergraft, from The Goodfellows, check out the assortment of 1,347 toys collected at F.C.
More than 30 years ago, when I was a rookie reporter at The Gleaner, I wrote a news brief concerning a traffic accident that resulted in injuries at the intersection of US 41 and Fifth Street.
Photo by Gleaner file photo.
Mike Lawrence / The Gleaner A Hazex Construction Co. Track hoe rests on the rubble of what used to be the oldest church, the former Haven Pentecostal Church, in Henderson, Ky.
More holiday food in the Gleaner's special edition "Celebrations Around the Table" available in Friday's paper.