The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gathering \Gath"er*ing\, a.
Assembling; collecting; used for gathering or concentrating.
Gathering board (Bookbinding), 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
Gathering hoop, a hoop used by coopers to draw together the
ends of barrel staves, to allow the hoops to be slipped
(a) A piece of peat used as a gathering coal, to preserve a
(b) In Scotland, a fiery peat which was sent round by the
Borderers as an alarm signal, as the fiery cross was by