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

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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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These reporters can’t even begin a news account of a presidential visit to a military base without working in a compilation of Mr. Trump’s controversies, contradictions, and failings. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Constant Spin Zone," 26 Dec. 2018 But getting around cities and building interiors alike has aged very, very poorly, and this is the crux of the new compilation's problem. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Shenmue I & II impressions: A gaming history lesson, but it feels like school," 20 Aug. 2018 The Vatican said Thursday that Francis had changed the Catechism of the Catholic Church — the compilation of official Catholic teaching. Fox News, "The Latest: Governor to push bill to end NY death penalty," 3 Aug. 2018 Analytics website Wallethub has some less-than-stellar news for Idaho moms just in time for Mother's Day: Our state is the worst place in the U.S. to be a working mom, according to a compilation of statistics. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "This study named Idaho the worst state for working moms. Here's why. | Idaho Statesman," 7 May 2018 Dressed in a slightly sweet chili basil vinaigrette, several fat shrimp brought along enough spicy seasoning to ensure the compilation remained balanced. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "August Moon serves traditional Chinese food with a modern touch. You'll feel right at home," 11 Apr. 2018 In a compilation of 100 mock brackets, Butler was in all 100 before the game and a consensus No. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Butler loss doesn't mean all is lost... but NCAA bubble gets closer," 4 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of compilation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compilation

see compile

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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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