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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Last month, researchers with the Plain View Project released a compilation of troubling posts made by public safety officers. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, "Two Police Officers Are Fired Over Facebook Post Saying Ocasio-Cortez ‘Needs a Round’," 22 July 2019 To Ford, the advantages of using compilations of predictive models, satellite imagery, and drone information has never been more important in the U.S. than it's been this year. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Land O’Lakes CEO: Big Data Is Helping Farmers Deal With Climate Swings," 16 July 2019 Indeed, making mixtapes—stitching together songs from one’s home stereo, to make a new compilation—became a distinctly modern activity. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "The Walkman’s Invention 40 Years Ago Launched a Cultural Revolution," 9 July 2019 Indy Shorts International Film Festival Enjoy compilations of short films, parties, panels, workshops and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 18 July festivals to fill your summer," 9 July 2019 In fact, a better indicator of the total incentive package that Aurora gave Gaylord would be a compilation of all the tax revenue that Gaylord will receive after one full year of operation and project that over 30 years. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Incentives Gaylord could receive unknown; TABOR continues to be a hot topic (7/14/19)," 14 July 2019 Our 2019 compilation shows students headed to colleges from coast to coast — from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, to the University of California Berkeley. Deb Mazzocco, Twin Cities, "Top graduates 2019: When their hard work meets the future," 8 June 2019 His first solo album has just been released, a compilation of Baroque arias with the American Bach Soloists. Washington Post, "A high-voiced rising star at 25," 2 July 2019 The ride was the brain child of about 200 Imagineers who spent five years developing the attraction, an estimated $150 million compilation of 150,000 cubic feet of concrete, 1,500 tons of steel and a 14-month construction timeline. Gabrielle Russon,, "Meet Disney World’s voice of the Tower of Terror, a dead ringer for Rod Serling," 27 June 2019

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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 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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