Com·pile v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compiled p. pr. & vb. n. Compiling.]
1. To put together; to construct; to build. [Obs.]
Before that Merlin died, he did intend
A brazen wall in compass to compile. --Spenser.
2. To contain or comprise. [Obs.]
Which these six books compile. --Spenser.
3. 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.
He [Goldsmith] compiled for the use of schools a History of Rome. --Macaulay.
4. To write; to compose. [Obs.]
n : the act of compiling (as into a single book or file or
list); "the job of compiling the inventory took several
hours" [syn: compilation]