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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Here's a compilation of some of the best Twitter zingers that Vernon liked on Sunday. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaux Claires recap: The best and worst of the indie festival in its 4th year," 8 July 2018 The compilation of the list could be best described as an imperfect blend of evaluation and projection. Chris Johnson,, "Revisiting SI's 2017 Ranking of the Top 100 College Football Players: Who Did We Get Wrong?," 15 June 2018 Based on a compilation by CBS of known interviews, that number includes at least 20 White House employees and one Cabinet official: Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Everybody We Know Robert Mueller Has Interviewed in the Trump Investigation So Far," 26 Jan. 2018 Viva Friday is a compilation of the best new songs, albums and videos recommended by Billboard editors Suzette Fernandez and Jessica Roiz. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Viva Friday: Best Music Picks of the Week by Wisin, Karol G & More," 13 July 2018 For example, in JavaScript browser benchmarks, the i5-8400 leads the 2400G, and the i3-8100 is approximately tied with the 2200G. In software compilation, both Intel chips beat their corresponding AMD parts. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Desktop Ryzens with Vega graphics: Is fastest-ever integrated GPU fast enough?," 12 Feb. 2018 Traveling to California to receive the honor, Murphy was greeted by a two-minute video compilation of the kids she’s coached. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "She's a Kansas City cop using soccer to help kids realize their potential," 26 June 2018 For those who create music remixes or video compilations, the new rules would limit use of much of that content, too. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "Here's why internet users may have to soon limit use of memes and videos," 21 June 2018 In a video compilation of the fragments, BFI’s curator of silent films Bryony Dixon explains that the bits were likely from things like promotional films, color tests and auditions. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Rare Technicolor Snippets of Lost Films Discovered," 10 May 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 \

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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