1. To gather stalks or ears of grain left by reapers.
And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers.Ruth ii. 3.
2. To pick up or gather anything by degrees.
Piecemeal they this acre first, then that;Pope.
Glean on, and gather up the whole estate.
(Glean), n. A collection made by gleaning.
The gleans of yellow thyme distend his thighs.Dryden.
(Glean), n. Cleaning; afterbirth. [Obs.] Holland.
1. One who gathers after reapers.
2. One who gathers slowly with labor. Locke.
(Glean"ing), n. The act of gathering after reapers; that which is collected by gleaning.
Glenings of natural knowledge.Cook.
(Glebe) n. [F. glèbe, L. gleba, glaeba, clod, land, soil.]
1. A lump; a clod.
2. Turf; soil; ground; sod.
Fertile of corn the glebe, of oil, and wine.Milton.
3. (Eccl. Law) The land belonging, or yielding revenue, to a parish church or ecclesiastical benefice.
(Glebe"less), a. Having no glebe.
(Gle*bos"i*ty) n. The quality of being glebous. [R.]
(Gleb"ous Gleb"y) a. [Cf. L. glaebosus cloddy.] Pertaining to the glebe; turfy; cloddy; fertile; fruitful.
"Gleby land." Prior.
(Glede) n. [AS. glida, akin to Icel. gleða, Sw. glada. Cf. Glide, v. i.] (Zoöl.) The common
European kite This name is also sometimes applied to the buzzard. [Written also glead, gled, gleed,
glade, and glide.]
(Glede), n. [See Gleed.] A live coal. [Archaic]
The cruel ire, red as any glede.Chaucer.
(Glee) n. [OE. gle, gleo, AS. gleów, gleó, akin to Icel. gly: cf. Gr. chley`n joke, jest.]
1. Music; minstrelsy; entertainment. [Obs.] Chaucer.
2. Joy; merriment; mirth; gayety; paricularly, the mirth enjoyed at a feast. Spenser.
3. (Mus.) An unaccompanied part song for three or more solo voices. It is not necessarily gleesome.