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Meaning of harvest by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English hervest, from Old English hærfest; cognate with Middle Saxon/Low German hervest ( “autumn” )( Saxon/Low German harvst ( “autumn” ) ), Latin carpere 'to seize', Greek καρπός ( karpos, “fruit” ) and κείρω ( keirō, “to cut off” ) .


    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈhɑɹ.vɪst/
    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈhɑːvɪst/
    • ( Australia ) IPA: /ˈhaːvəst/


    harvest ( plural: harvests )

    1. The process of harvesting, gathering the ripened crop .
    2. The yield of harvesting, i.e. the gathered, cut ... fruits of horti- or agri-culture ( usually a food - or industrial crop )
      This year's cotton harvest was great but the corn harvest disastrous
    3. ( by extension ) The product or result of any exertion or labor; gain; reward .
    4. ( paganism ) A modern pagan ceremony held on or around the autumn equinox, which is in the harvesting season .



    harvest ( third-person singular simple present harvests present participle harvesting, simple past and past participle harvested )

    1. ( transitive ) To bring in a harvest; reap; glean .
    2. ( intransitive ) To be occupied bringing in a harvest
      Harvesting is a stressing, thirsty occupation
    3. ( transitive ) To win, achieve a gain .
      The rising star harvested well-deserved acclaim, even an Oscar under 21

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Explanation of harvest by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. remove from a culture or a living or dead body, as for the purposes of transplantation

    2. The Chinese are said to harvest organs from executed criminals
    3. gather, as of natural products

    4. harvest the grapes
    1. the season for gathering crops

    2. the gathering of a ripened crop

    3. the consequence of an effort or activity

    4. they gathered a harvest of examples
      a harvest of love
    5. the yield from plants in a single growing season

    Definition of harvest by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Harvest ( härvĕst ), n. [OE. harvest, hervest, AS. hærfest autumn; akin to LG. harfst, D. herfst, OHG. herbist, G. herbst, and prob. to L. carpere to pluck, Gr. καρπός fruit. Cf. Carpet.]
      1. The gathering of a crop of any kind; the ingathering of the crops; also, the season of gathering grain and fruits, late summer or early autumn.

      Seedtime and harvest . . . shall not cease. Gen. viii. 22.

      At harvest, when corn is ripe. Tyndale.

      2. That which is reaped or ready to be reaped or gathered; a crop, as of grain ( wheat, maize, etc. ), or fruit.

      Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Joel iii. 13.

      To glean the broken ears after the man

      That the main harvest reaps. Shak.

      3. The product or result of any exertion or labor; gain; reward.

      The pope's principal harvest was in the jubilee. Fuller.

      The harvest of a quiet eye. Wordsworth.

      Harvest fish ( Zool. ), a marine fish of the Southern United States ( Stromateus alepidotus ); -- called whiting in Virginia. Also applied to the dollar fish. -- Harvest fly ( Zool. ), an hemipterous insect of the genus Cicada, often called locust. See Cicada. -- Harvest lord, the head reaper at a harvest. [Obs.] Tusser. -- Harvest mite ( Zool. ), a minute European mite ( Leptus autumnalis ), of a bright crimson color, which is troublesome by penetrating the skin of man and domestic animals; -- called also harvest louse, and harvest bug. -- Harvest moon, the moon near the full at the time of harvest in England, or about the autumnal equinox, when, by reason of the small angle that is made by the moon's orbit with the horizon, it rises nearly at the same hour for several days. -- Harvest mouse ( Zool. ), a very small European field mouse ( Mus minutus ). It builds a globular nest on the stems of wheat and other plants. -- Harvest queen, an image representing Ceres, formerly carried about on the last day of harvest.
      Milton.. -- Harvest spider. ( Zool. ) See Daddy longlegs.

    2. Harvest, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Harvested; p. pr. & vb. n. Harvesting.] To reap or gather, as any crop.