AskDefine | Define gathering

Dictionary Definition

gathering adj : accumulating and becoming more intense; "the deepening gloom"; "felt a deepening love"; "the gathering darkness"; "the thickening dusk" [syn: deepening(a), gathering(a), thickening(a)]

Noun

1 a group of persons together in one place [syn: assemblage]
2 the social act of assembling; "they demanded the right of assembly" [syn: assembly, assemblage] [ant: dismantling]
3 the act of gathering something [syn: gather]
4 sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching [syn: gather]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A meeting or get-together; a party or social function.
    I met her at a gathering of engineers and scientists.
  2. A group of people or things.
    A gathering of fruit.

Translations

a meeting or get-together; a party or social function
a group of people or things

Verb

gathering
  1. present continuous of gather; collecting or bringing together
    She enjoyed gathering wildflowers.

Extensive Definition

Gather or gatherer can refer to:

Anthropology and sociology

  • Hunter-gatherer, a person or a society whose subsistence depends on hunting and gathering of wild foods
  • Bee (gathering), an old term which describes a group of people coming together for a task
  • Intensive gathering, the practice of cultivating wild plants as a step toward domestication
  • Rag gatherer, an archaic occupation, also known as rag picker
  • Salon (gathering), a party associated with French and Italian intellectuals

Biography

Music and art

Textiles

  • Gather (sewing), an area where fabric is folded or bunched together with thread or yarn
  • Gather (knitting), a generic term for one of several knitting techniques to draw stitches closer together

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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