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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of compiling.
  • n. Something, such as a set of data, a report, or an anthology, that is compiled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or process of compiling or gathering together from various sources.
  • n. That which is compiled; especially, a book or document composed of materials gathering from other books or documents.
  • n. Translation of source code into object code by a compiler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of compiling or gathering together from various sources.
  • n. That which is compiled; especially, a book or document composed of materials gathering from other books or documents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of bringing together; a gathering or piling up; collection.
  • n. The gathering of materials for books, documents, tables, etc., from existing sources; the act of bringing together and adapting things said or written by different persons for the exposition of a subject.
  • n. That which is compiled; a book or treatise produced by compiling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something that is compiled (as into a single book or file)
  • n. the act of compiling (as into a single book or file or list)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin stem of compilatio ("a raking together, a plundering, a collection of documents") (Wiktionary)

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