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1. One that reaps, especially a machine for harvesting grain or pulse crops.
2. Reaper The Grim Reaper.
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1. (Agriculture) a person who reaps or a machine for reaping
2. (European Myth & Legend) the grim reaper death
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(ˈri pər)

1. a machine for cutting standing grain; reaping machine.
2. a person who reaps.
3. (cap.) Grim Reaper.
[before 1000]
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An implement to cut stalks of grain and leave them on the ground in untied bundles. Early machines required a man walking alongside the reaper to rake the bundles off the collecting platform and onto the ground. Later models had provisions for one or two men to ride on the reaper.
1001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn’t Know by W.R. Runyan Copyright © 2011 by W.R. Runyan
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Reaper - someone who helps to gather the harvestreaper - someone who helps to gather the harvest
farm worker, farmhand, field hand, fieldhand - a hired hand on a farm
vintager - a person who harvests grapes for making wine
2.Reaper - Death personified as an old man or a skeleton with a scytheReaper - Death personified as an old man or a skeleton with a scythe
3.reaper - farm machine that gathers a food crop from the fields
binder, reaper binder - a machine that cuts grain and binds it in sheaves
combine - harvester that heads and threshes and cleans grain while moving across the field
farm machine - a machine used in farming
header - a machine that cuts the heads off grain and moves them into a wagon
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[ˈriːpəʳ] N
1. (= person) → segador(a) m/f
2. (= machine) → segadora f, agavilladora f
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[ˈriːpər] n
(= machine) → moissonneuse f
(= person) → moissonneur/euse m/f
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n (= person)Schnitter(in) m(f); (= machine)Mähbinder m; the Reaper (fig: = death) → der Schnitter
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[ˈriːpəʳ] n (person) → mietitore/trice; (machine) → mietitrice f
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(riːp) verb
to cut and gather (corn etc). The farmer is reaping the wheat.
ˈreaper noun
a person or machine that reaps.
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References in classic literature ?
Along one side of the field the whole wain went, the arms of the mechanical reaper revolving slowly, till it passed down the hill quite out of sight.
He was laying about him lustily with his sheath-knive, lopping the canes right and left, like a reaper, and soon made quite a clearing around us.
"Oh, my good Master Gryphus," said Van Baerle, imploringly, and anxious as the partridge robbed of her young by the reaper.
The reaper stops in his work, and stands with folded arms, looking at the vehicle as it whirls past; and the rough cart- horses bestow a sleepy glance upon the smart coach team, which says as plainly as a horse's glance can, 'It's all very fine to look at, but slow going, over a heavy field, is better than warm work like that, upon a dusty road, after all.' You cast a look behind you, as you turn a corner of the road.
To compress it into a sentence, we might say that the telephone has completed the labor-saving movement which started with the McCormick reaper in 1831.
Not a step did we take in advance but the grim reaper strode silently in our tracks.
Her husband was dead, and Werper fancied that he could replace in the girl's heart the position which had been vacated by the act of the grim reaper. He could offer Jane Clayton marriage--a thing which Mohammed Beyd would not offer, and which the girl would spurn from him with as deep disgust as she would his unholy lust.
He did not fear death--with the memory of his murdered mate still fresh in his mind he almost courted it, yet strong within him was that primal instinct of self-preservation--the battling force of life that would keep him an active contender against the Great Reaper until, fighting to the very last, he should be overcome by a superior power.
I will reap your fields before you at the hands of a host; Ye shall glean behind my reapers, for the bread that is lost, And the deer shall be your oxen By a headland untilled, For the Karela, the bitter Karela, Shall leaf where ye build!
He said, "I will come myself tomorrow with my laborers, and with as many reapers as I can hire, and will get in the harvest." The Lark on hearing these words said to her brood, "It is time now to be off, my little ones, for the man is in earnest this time; he no longer trusts his friends, but will reap the field himself."
With the creators, the reapers, and the rejoicers will I associate: the rainbow will I show them, and all the stairs to the Superman.
"I cannot understand how that can be, for in truth to my mind there is no better reading in the world, and I have here two or three of them, with other writings that are the very life, not only of myself but of plenty more; for when it is harvest-time, the reapers flock here on holidays, and there is always one among them who can read and who takes up one of these books, and we gather round him, thirty or more of us, and stay listening to him with a delight that makes our grey hairs grow young again.