Compile Com*pile", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Compiling}.] [F. compiler, fr.L. compilare to plunder, pillage; com- + pilare to plunder. See {Pill}, v. t., Pillage.] 1. To put together; to construct; to build. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Before that Merlin died, he did intend A brazen wall in compass to compile. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. To contain or comprise. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Which these six books compile. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. To put together in a new form out of materials already existing; esp., to put together or compose out of materials from other books or documents. [1913 Webster]

He [Goldsmith] compiled for the use of schools a History of Rome. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

4. To write; to compose. [Obs.] --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

5. (Computers) to process (computer program source code) with a compiler[2] to produce an assembly-language program or an executable program in machine language. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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