collection

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Borrowing from Old French collection.

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collection (plural collections)

  1. A set of items or amount of material procured or gathered together.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page vii
      Secondly, I continue to base my concepts on intensive study of a limited suite of collections, rather than superficial study of every packet that comes to hand.
    • William Whewell
      Collections of moisture.
    • Dunglison
      A purulent collection.
    The attic contains a remarkable collection of antiques, oddities, and random junk.
    The asteroid belt consists of a collection of dust, rubble, and minor planets.
  2. Multiple related objects associated as a group.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.
    He has a superb coin collection.
  3. The activity of collecting.
    Collection of trash will occur every Thursday.
  4. (topology, analysis) A set of sets.
  5. A gathering of money for charitable or other purposes, as by passing a contribution box for donations.
  6. (obsolete) The act of inferring or concluding from premises or observed facts; also, that which is inferred.
    • John Milton
      We may safely say thus, that wrong collections have been hitherto made out of those words by modern divines.
  7. (UK) The jurisdiction of a collector of excise.
  8. (in the plural, UK, Oxford University) A set of college exams generally taken at the start of the term.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin collectio.

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Noun[edit]

collection f (plural collections)

  1. collection

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