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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
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(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 ?
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.
The girls I knew were always helping to pay for ploughs and reapers, brood-sows, or steers to fatten.
In short, like many inland reapers and mowers, who go into the farmers' meadows armed with their own scythes --though in no wise obliged to furnished them -- even so, Queequeg, for his own private reasons, preferred his own harpoon.
Then, leaving him to the discussion of his substantial 'refreshment,' I gladly quitted the house, and went to look after my reapers.
At the same time I heard the reapers not a hundred yards behind me.
Linton and his daughter would frequently walk out among the reapers; at the carrying of the last sheaves they stayed till dusk, and the evening happening to be chill and damp, my master caught a bad cold, that settled obstinately on his lungs, and confined him indoors throughout the whole of the winter, nearly without intermission.
Even as we looked some rumour seemed to have spread, for we saw the reapers hurrying from the fields.
ah, how sadly fair, with its golden glow and the dying grandeur of its tinted woods--its blood-red sunsets and its ghostly evening mists, with its busy murmur of reapers, and its laden orchards, and the calling of the gleaners, and the festivals of praise!
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.