American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of collating.
- n. A light meal permitted on fast days.
- n. A light meal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of collating, or bringing together and comparing; a comparison of one thing with another of a like kind; especially, the comparison of manuscripts or editions of books or of records or statistics.
- n. A compilation; specifically, a collection of the lives of the fathers of the church.
- n. The act of reading and conversing on the lives of the saints, or the Scriptures: a practice instituted in monasteries by St. Benedict.
- n. A conference.
- n. A contribution; something to which each of several participators contributes.
- n. In the medieval universities, a sort of theological lecture laying down certain propositions without necessarily proving them. It was not a commentary, although it might contain a general analysis of the Book of the Sentences (see
sentence) and might begin and end with a text of Scripture.
- n. Reasoning; drawing of a conclusion.
- n. A repast; a meal: a term originally applied to the refection partaken of by monks in monasteries after the reading of the lives of the saints.
- n. The act of conferring or bestowing; a gift.
- n. In canon law, the presentation of a clergyman to a benefice by a bishop, who is the ordinary of the benefice, and who at the same time has the benefice in his own gift or patronage, or by neglect of the patron has acquired the patron's rights. When the patron of a church is not a bishop, he presents his clerk for admission, and the bishop institutes him; but if the bishop of the diocese is the patron, his presentation and institution are one act, and are called
- n. In civil and Scots law, the real or supposed return of a former advancement to the mass of a decedent's property, made by one heir, that the property may be equitably divided among all the heirs; hotch-pot.
- To partake of a light repast.
- n. In bibliog., detailed comparison of a book with a perfect copy, usually by specifying, by signature-marks or other indications, the number of leaves (blank as well as printed) and detachable plates or maps, present or absent, in the copy examined, as compared with a perfect copy. The process is usual in the case of all valuable books, especially old ones, it being a highly probable assumption that any book in hand is imperfect.
- n. In bookbinding, the examination of the folded sections (signatures) of a book for the purpose of discovering omissions or misplacements of sections.
- n. Bringing together.
- n. Discussion, light meal.
- v. obsolete To partake of a collation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of collating or comparing; a comparison of one copy er thing (as of a book, or manuscript) with another of a like kind; comparison, in general.
- n. (Print.) The gathering and examination of sheets preparatory to binding.
- n. obsolete The act of conferring or bestowing.
- n. obsolete A conference.
- n. (Eccl. Law) The presentation of a clergyman to a benefice by a bishop, who has it in his own gift.
- n. The act of comparing the copy of any paper with its original to ascertain its conformity.
- n. The report of the act made by the proper officers.
- n. (Scots Law) The right which an heir has of throwing the whole heritable and movable estates of the deceased into one mass, and sharing it equally with others who are of the same degree of kindred.
- n. (Eccles.) A collection of the Lives of the Fathers or other devout work read daily in monasteries.
- n. A light repast or luncheon; ; -- first applied to the refreshment on fast days that accompanied the reading of the collation in monasteries.
- v. obsolete To partake of a collation.
- n. assembling in proper numerical or logical sequence
- n. a light informal meal
- n. careful examination and comparison to note points of disagreement
- From Old French collation, from Latin collationem, from the participle stem of conferre ("to bring together"). (Wiktionary)
“But fast as they run they stay there so long as if they wanted not time to finish the race; for it is usual here to find some of the young company till midnight; and the thickets of the garden seem to be contrived to all advantages of gallantry; after they have been refreshed with the collation, which is here seldom omitted, at”
“The collation was a sumptuous one, for when Belfast nabobs do anything, they do it.”
“MSS. which must have been at least as old as the vth century, it exhibits the result of what may be called a collation of copies made at a time when only four of our extant uncials were in existence.”
“First of all, it is about collation, which is always interesting to me.”
“So we tarried long enough to mark the fair faces and fine dresses, and then rambled under the old trees till the hour for the "collation" came; and this is the second point on which I purpose to dwell.”
“Still more material was the relaxation afforded by the introduction of "collation".”
“Her uncles had tried to remonstrate with her, telling her there were plenty of others to arrange the flowers and attend to what the local newspaper would, in its account of the affair, be sure to call the "collation," and to make the hundred and one preparations necessary for even so small and simple a wedding as this.”
“In fact there were no mishaps, everything went exactly as it should, reception and "collation" included, and, to quote from the South Harniss local once more, "A good time was had by all.”
“During these three years in Cambridge he refers occasionally to the 'collation' and 'castigation' of the New”
“Gracieuse's "collation," with its more than twenty pots of different jams, has a delightful realty (which is slightly different from reality) even for those to whom jam has never been the very highest of human delights, because they prefer savouries to sweets.”
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