com·​pi·​la·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈlā-shən also -ˌpī- How to pronounce compilation (audio) \

Definition of compilation

1 : the act or process of compiling the annual compilation of data
2 : something compiled a compilation of hit songs a compilation of vehicular accident reports

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Examples of compilation in a Sentence

The CD is a compilation of greatest hits. the slow compilation of data

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The result is a compilation of recent in-house design sensibilities at Fantasy Flight. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Arkham Horror Third Edition: The classic Lovecraft adventure returns," 24 Nov. 2018 Troom Troom videos are arguably part of Cringe YouTube, the ever-expanding network of uncomfortable and earnest videos that encompasses TikTok compilations, Instagram comedians, and former Vine dudes with creepy hair, among others. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "YouTube is full of cringey, clickbait DIY channels. They’re even weirder than you think.," 12 Nov. 2018 Now, things are much better — studio albums get their own section and are displayed first, while there are separate sections for live albums, compilations, and singles/EPs. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Apple Music now does a much better job of showing artists’ albums," 10 Sep. 2018 The official vote count has been denounced by Congo’s powerful Catholic Church, which had some 40,000 observers monitoring polling stations and ballot-compilation centers across the vast, resource-rich former Belgian colony. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Congo Opposition Candidate Fayulu Appeals Election Results," 12 Jan. 2019 Copies of the playlist can be made so users can experience repeat listening sessions of specific compilations. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Similar to Spotify’s Daily Mix playlists," 18 Dec. 2018 The interview, and a second released Friday, are part of a massive compilation of evidence that will be used in the murder trial against Cruz. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "'You better get out of here': Accused Parkland shooter told student to run before opening fire," 22 June 2018 Thursday’s presentation went a step further by identifying the exact unit allegedly involved and more details of the rocket, and showing a compilation of videos and photos from social media tracing the missile convoy’s journey. Washington Post, "Investigators: Russian military missile downed Flight MH17," 24 May 2018 This fascinating compilation by one of LA’s most insightful literary voices seeks to explain one of the world’s most misunderstood cities. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of compilation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compilation

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The first known use of compilation was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of compilation

: a group of things (such as songs or pieces of writing) that have been gathered into a collection
: the act or process of gathering things together


com·​pi·​la·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce compilation (audio) \

Legal Definition of compilation

: a collection of preexisting materials and data so arranged to form a new original work under the law of copyright

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