com·pi·la·tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈlā-shən also -ˌpī- \

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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Well released a compilation of songs by LGBTQ+ artists called Pride in collaboration with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for Pride Month. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Gigi Gorgeous, TWINKIDS & Cyn Talk GLSEN Pride Month Compilation Album: Watch," 29 June 2018 Most recently, Your Fat Friend was a contributor to Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies compilation. Your Fat Friend, SELF, "Weight Stigma Kept Me Out Of Doctors’ Offices for Almost a Decade," 26 June 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 1:53 Gators vs. Pythons: Florida Edition Advertisement A compilation video showing some of Florida’s gators and pythons in action. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Florida's Everglades now have 1,000 fewer pythons," 22 May 2018 See highlights of the day in the compilation video above., "Last day of visits to Top 20 restaurants in Cleveland's Best Burger contest (Craggy Bogland's, Creekside, Whitey's)," 10 May 2018 Also promised was a tomato smear which was seemingly absent on my compilation and would have rounded out the flavors of the dish as an element of acid was needed to cut through the richness of the thick cut bacon and creamy avocado. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "You won't regret indulging at downtown Louisville's Atlantic No. 5," 9 May 2018 Stormi was born on February 1, 2018, and Jenner announced her birth three days later by releasing a video compilation that documented her pregnancy journey. Amy Mackelden, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Is 'Very Strict' When It Comes to Stormi Webster," 15 Mar. 2018 Dad deadmau5 brought some of his favorite kids through to show off their many talents with a new compilation. Kat Bein, Billboard, "deadmau5's 'mau5ville: level 1' Brings A Range Of Sounds, Emotions: Listen," 13 July 2018 An element of spice or acid would have taken this compilation to the next level. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Ngon Appetit keeps it simple with 3 items — soup, sandwiches, crepes," 11 July 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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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 \

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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