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glean from (something)

1. To take that which has been left behind, usually grain remaining after a harvest. A noun or pronoun can be used between "glean" and "from." How much grain were you able to glean from the fields today?
2. To learn something from a particular source, often secondhand or piecemeal. A noun or pronoun can be used between "glean" and "from." I missed the meeting yesterday, so tell me what you were able to glean from his presentation. What have you been able to glean from the rumors going around?
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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.
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glean from

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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Table 1 Pounds of Fruits, Vegetables, and Bread Distributed Through Project GLEAN, in pounds (2001-2002) POUNDS Acorn squash 8,713 Artichoke 1,595 Asparagus 2,209 Bell pepper 7,453 Bread 7,187 Broccoli 2,490 Butternut squash 2,932 Cabbage 6,741 Cantaloupe 7,064 Celery 3,764 Cucumber 4,274 Eggplant 2,754 Grapefruit 4,728 Lemon 1,457 Lettuce (romaine) 1,942 Onion 5,693 Orange 2,009 Pear 1,500 Potato 13,068 Salad mix 1,534 Squash 3,183 Tangerine 1,704 Tomato 12,965 Turnip 1,111 Zucchini 1,674 TOTAL 109,744
Finesse and Glean are in the same category as Xerox[R] and Kleenex[R] for wheat growers in Kansas.
Five different subgroups (swoops, ground glean, aerial, bark glean, foliage) of foraging strategies were observed.
Children glean a basic understanding of the immune system and the bugs that test it.
Casati breaks down , the mystery of shadows in an effort to reconcile their mystique with the scope of the knowledge that scientists can glean from them.
Scientists are drawing heavily on a new field of study called astrobiology--a synthesis of biology, astronomy, and paleontology--to glean information from our past and from the life and times of other planets in order to establish what the future might hold.
He outlines several activities that will help amateur astronomers understand how the pros glean data from what they see in the sky.
Their goal is to study interactions between the spinning nuclei of metal atoms to glean insights into the nature of magnetism.