reap·​er | \ ˈrē-pər How to pronounce reaper (audio) \

Definition of reaper

: one that reaps especially : any of various machines for reaping grain

Examples of reaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This machine will be improved upon, so that in a short time our rice planters can harvest their crops on a bicycle reaper and binder, while taking their morning spin., "From the Files of The Farmer," 16 Sep. 2020 Leal and Hochman first met after Leal staged a protest in Brownsville while wearing a grim-reaper costume. Lauren Hilgers, The New Yorker, "Teachers in Texas Are Fighting for Their Lives," 2 Sep. 2020 The coronavirus epidemic is an undiscriminating reaper. New York Times, "Tell us about someone you've lost to the coronavirus," 1 Apr. 2020 Farmers who had bought specialized beet reapers watched crops rot. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "The EU Spent a Bundle to Unify the Continent. It’s Not Working.," 8 Aug. 2018 The transfer of funds would have an impact on the purchase of new aircraft, vehicles and weapons — including Navy V-22 Osprey aircraft and parts for an Air Force reaper drone and F-35 planes, the notice says. NBC News, "Pentagon plans to shift $3.8 billion in military funding to build border wall," 13 Feb. 2020 Meet Thanatotheristes degrootorum, the ‘reaper of death’! Li Cohen, CBS News, "The T. Rex may be the King of Lizards, but its new cousin is the "Reaper of Death"," 10 Feb. 2020 The reapers worked with Mojo Outdoors to create this decoy, the Scoot and Shoot, the first commercially successful reaping decoy. Field & Stream, "The Best Hunting and Fishing Gear of the Decade," 27 Dec. 2019 The band appears to fear neither the reaper nor the passing of time. Houston Chronicle, "The Must List: Martha Graham Dance Company, Maxo Kream," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of reaper

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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24 Sep 2020

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“Reaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reaper

: a person or machine that cuts and collects crops


reap·​er | \ ˈrē-pər How to pronounce reaper (audio) \

Kids Definition of reaper

: a worker or machine that harvests crops

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