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verb Gath"er
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  1. To bring together; to collect, as a number of separate things, into one place, or into one aggregate body; to assemble; to muster; to congregate."And Belgium's capital had gathered them Her beauty and her chivalry." [Byron.]"When he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together." [Matt. ii. 4.]
  2. To pick out and bring together from among what is of less value; to collect, as a harvest; to harvest; to cull; to pick off; to pluck."A rose just gathered from the stalk." [Dryden.]"Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?" [Matt. vii. 16.]" Gather us from among the heathen." [Ps. cvi. 47.]
  3. To accumulate by collecting and saving little by little; to amass; to gain; to heap up."He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor." [Prov. xxviii. 8.]"To pay the creditor . . . he must gather up money by degrees." [Locke.]
  4. To bring closely together the parts or particles of; to contract; to compress; to bring together in folds or plaits, as a garment; also, to draw together, as a piece of cloth by a thread; to pucker; to plait; as, to gather a ruffle." Gathering his flowing robe, he seemed to stand In act to speak, and graceful stretched his hand." [Pope.]
  5. To derive, or deduce, as an inference; to collect, as a conclusion, from circumstances that suggest, or arguments that prove; to infer; to conclude."Let me say no more! Gather the sequel by that went before." [Shak.]
  6. To gain; to win.(Obs)"He gathers ground upon her in the chase." [Dryden.]
  7. [Arch] To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue, or the like.
  8. [Naut] To haul in; to take up; as, to gather the slack of a rope.

Etymology: OE. gaderen, AS. gaderian gadrian, fr. gador geador, together, fr. gæd fellowship; akin to E. good, D. gaderen to collect, G. gatte husband, MHG. gate, also companion, Goth. gadiliggs a sister's son. √29. See Good, and cf. Together

verb Gath"er
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  1. To come together; to collect; to unite; to become assembled; to congregate."When small humors gather to a gout." [Pope.]"Tears from the depth of some divine despair Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes." [Tennyson.]
  2. To grow larger by accretion; to increase."Their snowball did not gather as it went." [Bacon.]
  3. To concentrate; to come to a head, as a sore, and generate pus; as, a boil has gathered .
  4. To collect or bring things together."Thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed." [Matt. xxv. 26.]
noun Gath"er
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  1. A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
  2. [Carriage Making] The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
  3. [Arch] The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See Gather (v. t.), 7.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of gathering something
  2. Sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching
  3. Increase or develop ("the car gathers speed")
  4. Collect or gather
  5. Conclude from evidence ("I gather you have not done your homework")
  6. Look for (food) in nature ("Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall")
  7. Draw together into folds or puckers
  8. Draw and bring closer ("she gathered her shawl around her shoulders")
  9. Assemble or get together ("gather some stones")
  10. Collect in one place ("Let's gather in the dining room")
  11. Get people together ("gather the close family members")
Wiktionary

From Middle English gaderen, from Old English gaderian (“to gather, assemble”), from Proto-Germanic *gadurōną (“to bring together, unite, gather”), frequentative of *gadōną (“to hold together”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ- (“to unite, assemble, keep”). Cognate with Dutch gaderen, garen (“to gather”), German vergattern (“to line up troops; to commit to sentry duty”), Low German vergadern, Old Frisian gadia (“to unite”), German begatten (“to mate”), Albanian gjedhe (“model, sample; to choose, prefer”). Compare also Old English gæd (“society, fellowship, union”). More at good.

  1. A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
  2. The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
  3. The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See gather (transitive verb).
  4. (glassblowing) A blob of molten glass collected on the end of a blowpipe.

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Ethnicity Gather U.S.
  White 44.12% 64.26%
  African American 47.55% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.92% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.92% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Gather

  • How Popular is the name Gather? Gather is the 65,739th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gather was the 90,495th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gather have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16 babies born with the first name Gather in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gather? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Gather first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gather is Wednesday, April 7th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Gather born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gather was in 1915 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Gather: Your name in reverse order is Rehtag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Traghe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gather? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 204 people with the last name Gather.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gather? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Gather as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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