Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To gather into a single book.
  • transitive v. To put together or compose from materials gathered from several sources: compile an encyclopedia.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To translate (a program) into machine language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To put together; to assemble; to make by gathering things from various sources.
  • v. To construct, build.
  • v. To use a compiler to process source code and produce executable code.
  • v. To be successfully processed by a compiler into executable code.
  • v. To contain or comprise.
  • v. To write; to compose.
  • n. An act of compiling code.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To put together; to construct; to build.
  • transitive v. To contain or comprise.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To write; to compose.
  • transitive v. to process (computer program source code) with a compiler{2} to produce an assembly-language program or an executable program in machine language.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make or form (a written or printed work) by putting together in due order or in an order adapted to the given purpose, and with such changes and additions as may be deemed necessary or desirable, literary, historical, or other written or printed materials collected from various sources; prepare or draw up by selecting, adapting, and rearranging existing materials: as, to compile tables of weights and measures; to compile a gazetteer or a glossary.
  • To write; compose.
  • To contain; comprise.
  • To make up or place (together); compose; construct.
  • To bring into accord or agreement; reconcile.
  • To score, earn, ‘pile up’ (usually of a large number of runs).

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

  • v. get or gather together
  • v. use a computer program to translate source code written in a particular programming language into computer-readable machine code that can be executed
  • v. put together out of existing material

Etymologies

Middle English compilen, from Old French compiler, probably from Latin compīlāre, to plunder : com-, com- + pīla, heap (of stones), pillar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Old French compiler (early 14c.), from Latin compilo ("heap, plunder") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • $compile - > compile_write ($row [ 'template_filename'], $compile - > compile (trim ($row [ 'template_data']))); unset ($this - > filename [$row [ 'template_filename']]); root.

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  • The last section simply calls the compile-all task with the debug flag set to true.

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  • In addition, it is annoying (to say the least) to compile, which is why all three third-party package management systems that I know of (MacPorts, fink, as well as homebrew), last time I checked, did not have it at all, or their versions were broken.

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  • · XML Commands file is not saved properly (unused tag) · ExtraPuTTY DLL does not work with Visual basic project (_stdcall compile needed) · ExtraPuTTY DLL is block if the size of data received exceed 10000 octets

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  • The thing they struggle with most often is just getting the program to compile which is touched upon in another post here.

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  • Once you have coverage on a line you know it will "compile" much like a C or Java program.

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  • This is Veterans Day and we're able to kind of compile these.

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  • M. O'BRIEN: All right, I think we're going to start the surveillance camera channel and just kind of compile all of these.

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  • We have a dozen models that kind of compile together and this is the projection we have for Katrina.

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  • The complaint is that "having to 'compile' my markdown to code, then compile my code to test it, all seems like too much hard work".

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