- To gather after a reaper; to collect in scattered or fragmentary parcels, as the grain left by a reaper, or grapes left after the gathering."To glean the broken ears after the man That the main harvest reaps." [Shak.]
- To gather from (a field or vineyard) what is left.
- To collect with patient and minute labor; to pick out; to obtain."Content to glean what we can from . . . experiments." [Locke.]
Etymology: OE. glenen, OF. glener glaner, F. glaner, fr. LL. glenare; cf. W. glan clean, glanh�u to clean, purify, or AS. gelm gilm, a hand�ul