Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Reap \Reap\ (r[=e]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reaped (r[=e]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Reaping.] [OE. repen, AS. r[=i]pan to seize, reap; cf. D. rapen to glean, reap, G. raufen to pluck, Goth. raupjan, or E. ripe.]
To cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine, as grain; to gather, as a harvest, by cutting.
When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field.
--Lev. xix. 9.
To gather; to obtain; to receive as a reward or harvest, or as the fruit of labor or of works; -- in a good or a bad sense; as, to reap a benefit from exertions.
Why do I humble thus myself, and, suing For peace, reap nothing but repulse and hate?
To clear of a crop by reaping; as, to reap a field.
To deprive of the beard; to shave. [R.]
Reaping hook, an implement having a hook-shaped blade, used in reaping; a sickle; -- in a specific sense, distinguished from a sickle by a blade keen instead of serrated.
Reap \Reap\, v. i. To perform the act or operation of reaping; to gather a harvest.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
--Ps. cxxvi. 5.
Reap \Reap\, n. [Cf. AS. r[=i]p harvest. See Reap, v.]
A bundle of grain; a handful of grain laid down by the reaper
as it is cut. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
Reap may refer to:
- Harvest, the process of gathering mature crops from the field
REAP may refer to:
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Chapter 1607 (G.I. Bill of Rights), a Department of Defense education benefit program
- Re-Engineering Assessment Practices, one of six projects funded under the Scottish Funding Council's E-learning Transformation Programme
- Resource and Energy Analysis Programme, a specialist programme of the Stockholm Environment Institute
- Rounding Errors in Algebraic Processes, a mathematical book by James H. Wilkinson published in 1963
- redirect James H. Wilkinson#REAP
Category:1963 books Category:Mathematics books
n. A bundle of grain; a handful of grain laid down by the reaper as it is cut. vb. 1 To cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine, as grain; to gather, as a harvest, by cutting. 2 To gather; to obtain; to receive as a reward or harvest, or as the fruit of labor or of works, in a good or a bad sense. 3 (context computer science English) To terminate a child process that has previously exited, thereby removing it from the process table. 4 (context obsolete English) To deprive of the beard; to shave.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"to cut grain with a hook or sickle," Old English reopan, Mercian form of ripan "to reap," related to Old English ripe "ripe" (see ripe). Related: Reaped; reaping.
Usage examples of "reap".
Lionel assuring him nothing was so good for them, ran on with so many farrier words and phrases of the benefit they would reap from such light evening exercise, that, persuaded he was master of the subject, Mr.
The world is destined to reap much one day from the exuberant fertility of this marshland of the South.
England would reap from his Protectorship, to deprive my countrymen of such a blessing, if he consent to bestow it on them.
Jesse was one of the few who had called attention to the imbalance, and finally, eyeing the wealth reaped by the wily Hoskanners, the other nobles agitated for a piece of the action.
Not too high by any means in the light of what has been accomplished in 73 years, but there was a long row to hoe first, and few of the pioneers reaped the prizes.
Obliged to rise before daybreak, by turns shop-boy, clerk, and laborer, he was made to bear alone all the work of a trade of which his master reaped all the profits.
Whoever eats the bread that another has reaped and kneaded, is under an obligation to his brother, and cannot say he owes him nothing in return.
God had marked out my road--a ground where I had reaped the harvest I had sown.
Blaise and Denis, the twins, now already fourteen years of age, reaped prize after prize at school, putting their younger brother, Ambroise, slightly to shame, for his quick and ingenious mind was often busy with other matters than his lessons.
All the food needed for a great nation will be reaped there when cultivation is practised with a little courage and a little science, for it is still a virgin kingdom such as the good river created it, thousands of years ago.
I now reaped the reward of my wisdom in providing one article which is not mentioned in any book of Alpine adventure but this.
You sow, you that for long have reaped disdain, Lie barren at the doorway of the brain, Let stout contention drive deep furrows, blood Moisten, and make new channels of its flood!
For this is but the natural harvest reaped From labors such as mine when blessed by God.
Yea, were it otherwise--had you not reaped The fruit of your own works, she had not suffered.
He has the sugar of his tea spread out on the window sill, and is reaping quite a harvest of flies.