Collection Col*lec"tion, n. [L. collectio: cf. F. collection.] 1. The act or process of collecting or of gathering; as, the collection of specimens. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is collected; as: (a) A gathering or assemblage of objects or of persons. ``A collection of letters.'' --Macaulay. (b) A gathering of money for charitable or other purposes, as by passing a contribution box for freewill offerings. ``The collection for the saints.'' --1 Cor. xvi. 1 (c) (Usually in pl.) That which is obtained in payment of demands. (d) An accumulation of any substance. ``Collections of moisture.'' --Whewell. ``A purulent collection.'' --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

3. The act of inferring or concluding from premises or observed facts; also, that which is inferred. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

We may safely say thus, that wrong collections have been hitherto made out of those words by modern divines. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. The jurisdiction of a collector of excise. [Eng.]

Syn: Gathering; assembly; assemblage; group; crowd; congregation; mass; heap; compilation. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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