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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harvester, reapernoun

    someone who helps to gather the harvest

  2. Grim Reaper, Reapernoun

    Death personified as an old man or a skeleton with a scythe

  3. harvester, reapernoun

    farm machine that gathers a food crop from the fields


  1. reapernoun

    One who reaps.

  2. reapernoun

    A machine used to harvest crops.

  3. reapernoun

    Reaper Shortened form of "The Grim Reaper", the angel of death.

    Don't fear the Reaper,/ We'll be able to fly. uE000116301uE001 Lyrics from Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue u00D6yster Cult

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reapernoun

    One that cuts corn at harvest.

    Etymology: from reap.

    Your ships are not well mann’d,
    Your mariners are muliteers, people
    Ingrost by swift impress. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleop.

    From hungry reapers they their sheaves withhold. Sand.

    Here Ceres’ gifts in waving prospect stand,
    And nodding tempt the joyful reaper ’s hand. Alexander Pope.

    A thousand forms he wears,
    And first a reaper from the field appears,
    Sweating he walks, while loads of golden grain
    O’ercharge the shoulders of the seeming swain. Alexander Pope.


  1. Reaper

    A reaper is a farm implement or person that reaps (cuts and often also gathers) crops at harvest when they are ripe. Usually the crop involved is a cereal grass. The first documented reaping machines were Gallic reapers that were used in Roman times in what would become modern-day France. The Gallic reaper involved a comb which collected the heads, with an operator knocking the grain into a box for later threshing.Most modern mechanical reapers cut grass; most also gather it, either by windrowing or picking it up. Modern machines that not only cut and gather the grass but also thresh its seeds (the grain), winnow the grain, and deliver it to a truck or wagon, called combine harvesters or simply combines, which are the engineering descendants of earlier reapers. Hay is harvested somewhat differently from grain; in modern haymaking, the machine that cuts the grass is called a hay mower or, if integrated with a conditioner, a mower-conditioner. As a manual task, cutting of both grain and hay may be called reaping, involving scythes, sickles, and cradles, followed by differing downstream steps. Traditionally all such cutting could be called reaping, although a distinction between reaping of grain grasses and mowing of hay grasses has long existed; it was only after a decade of attempts at combined grain reaper/hay mower machines (1830s to 1840s) that designers of mechanical implements began resigning them to separate classes.Mechanical reapers substantially changed agriculture from their appearance in the 1830s until the 1860s through 1880s, when they evolved into related machines, often called by different names (self-raking reaper, harvester, reaper-binder, grain binder, binder), that collected and bound the sheaves of grain with wire or twine.


  1. reaper

    A reaper is a machine or individual that harvests crops, especially grains such as wheat or corn. The term is most commonly used to describe a type of agricultural machinery that automates the process, often called a reaper-binder. In a more symbolic sense, "Reaper" is also a common personification of death, as in the figure of the "Grim Reaper".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reapernoun

    one who reaps

  2. Reapernoun

    a reaping machine



    REAPER is a digital audio workstation created by Cockos. It is distributed with an uncrippled evaluation license with a nag screen explaining the license cost. It is currently available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux under Wine. Version 4 of REAPER was released on August 3, 2011.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. reaper

    A prowler that removes files. A file removed in this way is said to have been reaped.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Reaper is ranked #78567 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Reaper surname appeared 243 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Reaper.

    91.7% or 223 total occurrences were White.
    5.3% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reaper in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reaper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of reaper in a Sentence

  1. Oleksiy Danilov:

    The incident with the American MQ-9 Reaper UAV, provoked by [R]ussia in the Black Sea, is [P]utin’s signal of readiness to expand the conflict zone with the involvement of other parties, the all-in tactic is the constant raising of rates in conditions of a strategic loss and hoping that circumstances would change.

  2. Angela Ferguson:

    He kept saying, don't look at me bitch, I'm the Grim Reaper. So he kept hitting me in my face, and doing blows to the head, so I did this, and I said please, please, why is you doing this?

  3. Angela Ferguson:

    All I know is somebody grabbed my hair. He kept saying I'm the Grim Reaper.

  4. Katey Hogan:

    We made it up that Reaper, we showed people that we can do exactly what everyone else can.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    Moscow Mitch says that he is the' Grim Reaper,' imagine describing yourself as the' Grim Reaper' -- that he's going to bury all this legislation.

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