Assembling; collecting; used for gathering or concentrating. Gathering board, a table or board on which signatures are gathered or assembled, to form a book. Gathering coal, a lighted coal left smothered in embers over night, about which kindling wood is gathered in the morning. Gathering hoop, a hoop used by coopers to draw together the ends of barrel staves, to allow the hoops to be slipped over them. Gathering peat. A piece of peat used as a gathering coal, to preserve a fire. In Scotland, a fiery peat which was sent round by the Borderers as an alarm signal, as the fiery cross was by the Highlanders.
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