Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of bringing together; a gathering or piling up; collection.
  • noun 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.
  • noun That which is compiled; a book or treatise produced by compiling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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