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, n. A bundle of grain; a handful of grain laid down by the reaper as it is cut. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
Reap v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reaped p. pr. & vb. n. Reaping.]
1. 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.
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; as, to reap a benefit from exertions.
Why do I humble thus myself, and, suing
For peace, reap nothing but repulse and hate? --Milton.
3. To clear of a crop by reaping; as, to reap a field.
4. 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.
v 1: gather, as of natural products; "harvest the grapes" [syn: harvest,
2: get or derive; "He drew great benefits from his membership
in the association" [syn: draw]