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combine harvester

n. A combine, a farming machine that harvests, threshes, and cleans grain plants.

Combine harvester

The combine harvester, or simply combine, is a machine that harvests grain crops. The name derives from its combining three separate operations comprising harvesting— reaping, threshing, and winnowing—into a single process. Among the crops harvested with a combine are wheat, oats, rye, barley, corn ( maize), sorghum, soybeans, flax ( linseed), sunflowers, and canola. The waste straw left behind on the field is the remaining dried stems and leaves of the crop with limited nutrients which is either chopped and spread on the field or baled for feed and bedding for livestock.

Combine harvesters are one of the most economically important labour saving inventions, significantly reducing the fraction of the population that must be engaged in agriculture.

Usage examples of "combine harvester".

He had forgotten whether that made the two of them compatible or incompatible, but since she had been run over by a combine harvester on their fifth anniversary they really had not had much opportunity to discover whether or not they were compatible in the long run.

I felt the way a grain of wheat must feel after it had passed through a combine harvester.

Don't ask me to drop into some neglected little wartime strip by night, I've given up those jobs where you ground-loop around some pot-holes a mile deep and then hit a combine harvester.

In fact he looked extremely ill, not merely as if he'd been pulled through a hedge backwards, but as if the hedge was being simultaneously pulled backwards through a combine harvester.

They were dwarfed by a new, bright orange combine harvester and something that looked to Purbright like an armoured car with a huge scoop at the front.

Hell, Harry Mearns wouldn't know what to do with a combine harvester unless it had a grenade launcher under the seat, while his sum total of expertise in animal husbandry had been gained from sadistic drunken forays into every black bordello between North Africa and the Springbok border.