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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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 Deadspin, a sports news site, created a video compilation of the promo that went viral. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Madison's FOX47 ignored Sinclair Broadcast Group's corporate announcement about 'fake news'," 3 Apr. 2018 Members, log in below to download this free recipe compilation. Indianapolis Star, "RECIPES: Salsa," 19 Apr. 2018 Well released a compilation of songs by LGBTQ+ artists called Pride in collaboration with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for Pride Month. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Gigi Gorgeous, TWINKIDS & Cyn Talk GLSEN Pride Month Compilation Album: Watch," 29 June 2018 Most recently, Your Fat Friend was a contributor to Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies compilation. Your Fat Friend, SELF, "Weight Stigma Kept Me Out Of Doctors’ Offices for Almost a Decade," 26 June 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 1:53 Gators vs. Pythons: Florida Edition Advertisement A compilation video showing some of Florida’s gators and pythons in action. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Florida's Everglades now have 1,000 fewer pythons," 22 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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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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