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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After that, the show will offer compilations of previous interviews and segments. Hal Boedeker,, "Shaq, Oprah Winfrey visit Ellen DeGeneres," 31 May 2018 Buy Photo The slim volume bound in animal skin represented the best the field of medicine had to offer 500 years ago: a compilation of remedies made from such ingredients as rabbit bones, ox tongue, and chicory. Tom Avril,, "Scans reveal secrets of medieval 'Harry Potter' book and medical texts at Penn," 14 May 2018 The department on Thursday (Jan. 11) released its yearly crime statistics, a compilation of crimes in seven categories that the department reports to the FBI. Bob Warren,, "Mandeville crime falls nearly 9 percent in 2017: Police," 11 Jan. 2018 When: Tuesday, November 7 at 1 p.m. ET Members, log in below to download a compilation of bourbon cocktail recipes and to watch the tutorials. Can't see the details? The Courier-Journal, "Let's Talk Bourbon - Missed the Chat?," 7 Nov. 2017 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

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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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