• IPA: /kəˈlɛkʃən/


  1. A set of items or amount of material procured or gathered together.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, 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.
    • collections of moisture
    • 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.
    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. (law) Debt collection.
  7. (obsolete) The act of inferring or concluding from premises or observed facts; also, that which is inferred.
    • 1644, John Milton, The Doctrine or Discipline of Divorce:
      We may safely say thus, that wrong collections have been hitherto made out of those words by modern divines.
  8. (UK) The jurisdiction of a collector of excise.
  9. (in the plural, UK, Oxford University) A set of college exams generally taken at the start of the term.
  10. The quality of being collected; calm composure.
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