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glean something from something

 
1. Lit. to gather the leftovers of something from something; to gather the ears of grain left in a field after a harvest. The poor people gleaned their entire living from what was left in the fields. We will have to go out and glean something from the fields.
2. and glean something from someone Fig. to figure something out from bits of gossip. I was able to glean some important news from Tommy. Tell me the news you gleaned from the people in town.

glean from

v.
1. To learn something or figure something out using some information gathered bit by bit: We were able to glean information about their past from the conversation we overheard. I gleaned from these various articles that there was serious trouble brewing in the government.
2. To gather grain left behind by reapers: The farmers have gleaned their final harvests from their fields of wheat.
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In Project GLEAN, pre-determined Wednesdays and Fridays are scheduled for food distribution, based upon the elementary school's calendar.
As Table 1 indicates, Project GLEAN succeeded in distributing nearly 55 tons of food--food that otherwise would have been wasted--over the past two years.
Chapters probe possible hidden machinations behind key events from the Kennedy assassination to election 2000 to conspiracy questions about the September 11th attacks, to valuable advice for using the Freedom of Information Act to glean vital data from national archives.
13 Species FUG 1 -- Nycticorax violaceus Insectivorous, ground glean 2 -- Cathartes aura Carrion, high patrol 3 -- Buteo jamaicensis Prey, high patrol 4 -- Falco sparverius Insectivorous, swoops 5 -- Callipepla squamata Granivorous, ground glean 6 -- Zenaida macroura Granivorous, ground glean 7 -- Bubo virginianus Prey, swoops 8 -- Chordeiles acutipennis Insectivorous, aerial 9 -- Archilochus alexandri Nectivorous, hover glean 10 -- Picoides scalaris Insectivorous, bark glean 11 -- Empidonax minimus Insectivorous, aerial 12 -- E.
Some learnings that counselors can glean from past wars include helping students grieve the loss of family and friends who have served in the military during wartimes (World War II); allowing adolescents to be heard as citizens (Vietnam War); and recognizing that even brief, successful wars create anxiety and fear for those who have never experienced wartime firsthand (Persian Gulf War).
Reading interrogation records "against the grain" (238), to glean information incidental to the charge of witchcraft, Schindler reconstructs family networks, migration patterns, begging techniques, violence suffered at the hands of potential donors, and beggars' fantasies of revenge.
Gleaners: Low-income residents harvest produce from farm fields and perishables from the food bank to share among themselves and others who can't glean.
Oliva previously served as VPMA at Glean General Hospital in Glean, N.
EPA outlined its specific plans for reforming the Glean Air Act New Source Review (NSR) air pollution program.
Later chapters, in particular, glean new insights from the juxtapositions that emerge as a result of their spatial organization; for instance, a chapter on "Place, Boundary; and Position" considers the dissolution of the monasteries, the alteration of great houses to provide more impressive entrances, the shift from dining in the great hail to a more private chamber, and the role of the hall screen, in relation to larger social movements which moved cultural value from religious to secular, public to private, place to process.
And MRI gleans information from inside the body, information that is otherwise unavailable, and the procedure simply states the facts, it doesn't comment on them.
This collection gleans his favorites, with indexes of sources and subjects.
A photodetector gleans data from the disc by tracking the changing brightness of a laser beam that bounces off the pitted layer.
The Rosenthals retired to Leisure Village in Camarillo, where Lucille is active in Hadassah and Leonard with Food Share, where he gleans crops to give to food banks.