1. The act or process of collecting or of gathering; as, the collection of specimens.
2. That which is collected; as: (a) A gathering or assemblage of objects or of persons. “A collection of letters.” --Macaulay. (b) A gathering of money for charitable or other purposes, as by passing a contribution box for freewill offerings. “The collection for the saints.” --1 Cor. xvi. 1 (c) (Usually in pl.) That which is obtained in payment of demands. (d) An accumulation of any substance. “Collections of moisture.” --Whewell. “A purulent collection.” --Dunglison.
3. The act of inferring or concluding from premises or observed facts; also, that which is inferred. [Obs.]
We may safely say thus, that wrong collections have been hitherto made out of those words by modern divines. --Milton.
4. The jurisdiction of a collector of excise. [Eng.]
Syn: -- Gathering; assembly; assemblage; group; crowd; congregation; mass; heap; compilation.
n 1: several things grouped together or considered as a whole
[syn: aggregation, accumulation, assemblage]
2: a publication containing a variety of works [syn: compendium]
3: request for a sum of money; "an appeal to raise money for
starving children" [syn: solicitation, appeal, ingathering]
4: the act of gathering something together [syn: collecting,
The Christians in Palestine, from various causes, suffered from
poverty. Paul awakened an interest in them among the Gentile
churches, and made pecuniary collections in their behalf (Acts
24:17; Rom. 15:25, 26; 1 Cor. 16:1-3; 2 Cor. 8:9; Gal. 2:10).