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

Examples of compilation in a Sentence

The CD is a compilation of greatest hits. the slow compilation of data
Recent Examples on the Web Below is a compilation of personal histories in which contemporary artists talk about their time in art school. New York Times, 6 July 2022 Here are a compilation of some other examples of the viral challenge. Mark Heim |, al, 29 June 2022 Leaders of the Black Church Coalition and Whitfield's family said the compilation is not enough. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 28 June 2022 The security video, which has no audio and was released in an edited compilation of cuts and in an unedited hourlong version, appears to show the worker pour the water as words were being exchanged between the customers and employees. Maya Brown, NBC News, 24 July 2022 The book’s cover artwork shares its photo with Brooks’s 1994 compilation project The Hits. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 21 July 2022 An edited compilation of the body camera footage put together by IMPD depicting the encounter was released in late June. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 20 July 2022 From a five-year-old tee-ball player who steals the show with his signature custom walk-up to a 101-year-old woman who tosses the ceremonial first pitch at a Seattle Mariners baseball game, this compilation captures champs of all ages. Sarah Scanlan, USA TODAY, 19 July 2022 System-level compiler toolchain featuring split compilation with NVQ++ compiler for quantum kernels, lowering to Multi-Level Intermediate Representation (MLIR) and Quantum Intermediate Representation (QIR). Karl Freund, Forbes, 18 July 2022 See More

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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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“Compilation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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