compilation

noun
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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Even wilder: Blue Ivy, her eldest daughter with husband Jay-Z, was featured on the lengthy compilation! Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Cut Out Carbs, Sugar, Dairy, Meat, Fish, and Alcohol from Her Pre-Coachella Diet," 19 Apr. 2019 On Wednesday, a video compilation of his most memorable ass clappers earned over 374,000 views after shooting to the top of Reddit’s r/videos forum. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Who’s really being silenced on Twitter?," 25 Aug. 2018 On Thursday, the commission issued a 208-page compilation of votes in every constituency in response to criticism, but some tallies still failed to add up correctly. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "Thai Election Commission blames software for counting errors," 29 Mar. 2019 The problem is the message created by the compilation, the whole that was so much more sexist than the sum of its parts. Jules Barrueco, Glamour, "Moms Have Changed. It’s Time to Change Gifts for Them Too," 10 May 2019 Well’s latest compilation, Pride, out today (June 22). Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "GLSEN & Heard Well Release LGBTQ Pride Compilation Featuring Adam Cola, Muna & More," 22 June 2018 His locks had their own Twitter account and a compilation of some Haarms hair caresses made for the best tourney video this side of One Shining Moment. Chris Chase, For The Win, "The 15 best characters, memes and bawling adults from NCAA tournament history," 2 Apr. 2018 These reporters can’t even begin a news account of a presidential visit to a military base without working in a compilation of Mr. Trump’s controversies, contradictions, and failings. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Constant Spin Zone," 26 Dec. 2018 But getting around cities and building interiors alike has aged very, very poorly, and this is the crux of the new compilation's problem. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Shenmue I & II impressions: A gaming history lesson, but it feels like school," 20 Aug. 2018

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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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compilation

noun

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

compilation

noun
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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