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


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

Middle English compilen, from Old French compiler, probably from Latin compīlāre, to plunder : com-, com- + pīla, heap (of stones), pillar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

from Old French compiler (early 14c.), from Latin compilo ("heap, plunder")


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