Gather is a related term of come_by.
As verbs the difference between gather and come_by
is that gather
is to collect; normally separate things while come_by
) to obtain; to get, especially by chance or involuntarily.
As a noun gather
is a plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
As an interjection come_by is
a command to a sheepdog to move clockwise around the sheep.
To collect; normally separate things.
- I've been gathering ideas from the people I work with.
# Especially, to harvest food.
- She bent down to gather the reluctant cat from beneath the chair.
# To accumulate over time, to amass little by little.
- We went to gather some blackberries from the nearby lane.
# To congregate, or assemble.
- Over the years he'd gathered a considerable collection of mugs.
- People gathered round as he began to tell his story.
# To grow gradually larger by accretion.
#* Francis Bacon
- Tears from the depth of some divine despair / Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes.
To bring parts of a whole closer.
- Their snowball did not gather as it went.
# (sewing) To add pleats or folds to a piece of cloth, normally to reduce its width.
- She gathered the shawl about her as she stepped into the cold.
# (knitting) To bring stitches closer together.
- A gown should be gathered around the top so that it will remain shaped.
- Be careful not to stretch or gather your knitting.
# (architecture) To bring together, or nearer together, in masonry, as for example where the width of a fireplace is rapidly diminished to the width of the flue.
# (nautical) To haul in; to take up.
- If you want to emphasise the shape, it is possible to gather the waistline.
To infer or conclude; to know from a different source.
- to gather the slack of a rope
- From his silence, I gathered that things had not gone well.
(intransitive, medicine, of a boil or sore) To be filled with pus
- I gather from Aunty May that you had a good day at the match.
(glassblowing) To collect molten glass on the end of a tool.
To gain; to win.
- Salt water can help boils to gather and then burst.
- He gathers ground upon her in the chase.
A plait or fold in cloth, made by drawing a thread through it; a pucker.
The inclination forward of the axle journals to keep the wheels from working outward.
The soffit or under surface of the masonry required in gathering. See gather (transitive verb).
(glassblowing) A blob of molten glass collected on the end of a blowpipe.
* gathering iron
(lb) To obtain; to get, especially by chance or involuntarily.
*:They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
(lb) To come near to; to pass; to visit.