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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Apple demands browsers use WebKit, Henze says, because the complexity of running websites' JavaScript requires browsers to use a technique called just-in-time (or JIT) compilation as a time-saving trick. Wired, "How Safari and iMessage Have Made iPhones Less Secure," 9 Sep. 2019 But while these queries made sense within the context of each episode, hearing them all strung together in one long compilation is an entirely different experience. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Say Goodbye to the Season With the Best Memes of Summer From Hot Girl Summer to #ChickenWars," 30 Aug. 2019 One of Whitefield’s most significant roles was as executive news editor of the paper’s National Edition, a special compilation of political stories curated for Washington power brokers. La Cañada Valley Sun, "Services set for La Cañadan Paul Whitefield, veteran newspaper editor," 27 Aug. 2019 More reading: As Trump visits Louisville, Fischer pushes for gun control TV Stick with us here throughout the day for more up-to-the-minute updates and a compilation of our coverage. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "LIVE UPDATES: Follow what's happening today as Trump visits Louisville," 21 Aug. 2019 An esoteric compilation of metaphysical, spiritual, and psychological assertions, all mined from the world’s major religions, A Course in Miracles is a curious creation. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "Marianne Williamson Offers Priestly Wisdom for a Nation Adrift — Seriously," 12 Aug. 2019 Dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of additional laws were passed in the following years, as this year-by-year compilation shows. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: California goal of reducing trash is a wasted effort," 8 Aug. 2019 Like most parents, the 37-year-old singer — who released The Lion King: The Gift, a compilation album accompanying the remake of Disney’s 1994 classic film, last week — is focused on making sure her kids with JAY-Z, 49, are happy and healthy. Melody Chiu,, "Inside Beyoncé's Life As a Mom — and Why Blue Ivy Is Taking the Spotlight: ‘She’s a Natural’," 24 July 2019 The interactions can even be deadly: A Washington Post compilation of police shootings found that at least one in five people shot by them in 2018 had a mental illness. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Biden’s Big, Obvious Ideas for Criminal-Justice Reform," 24 July 2019

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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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