Meaning of compilation


A compilation is a collection. You might have enough fascinating stories about compasses to publish your own compilation of the best. You’d have to find some other compass enthusiasts to buy it though.

Coming from the 15th century Latin compilationem “that which is compiled,” a compilation is a grouping or anthology of similar items. A music compilation brings together different artists and songs on a playlist. One can gather essays on a similar topic to organize a compilation for a book. And as President Franklin D. Roosevelt noted, the Constitution itself is “the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.”

Definitions of compilation
  1. noun

    the act of compiling (as into a single book or file or list)



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    type of:

    aggregation, assembling, collecting, collection

    the act of gathering something together

  2. noun

    something that is compiled (as into a single book or file)



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    type of:

    collection, compendium

    a publication containing a variety of works

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