• To cut (for example a grain) with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine
  • To gather (e.g. a harvest) by cutting.
  • To obtain or receive as a reward, in a good or a bad sense.
  • To terminate a child process that has previously exited, thereby removing it from the process table.
  • To deprive of the beard; to shave.


  • A bundle of grain; a handful of grain laid down by the reaper as it is cut.


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  • From Middle English repen, from Old English rēopan, rēpan, variants of Old English rīpan, from Proto-West Germanic *rīpan, from Proto-Germanic *rīpaną (compare West Frisian repe, Norwegian ripa ("to score, scratch")), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁reyb- ("to snatch").

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