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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Col*lec"tion
  1. The act or process of collecting or of gathering; as, the collection of specimens.
  2. That which is collected
    1. A gathering or assemblage of objects or of persons.
      "A collectionof letters."
    2. A gathering of money for charitable or other purposes, as by passing a contribution box for freewill offerings.
      "The collectionfor the saints."
      1 Cor. xvi. 1
    3. Usually in pl
      That which is obtained in payment of demands.
    4. An accumulation of any substance.
      " Collectionsof moisture."
      "A purulent collection."
  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)
    synonyms: Gathering; assembly; assemblage; group; crowd; congregation; mass; heap; compilation.

Etymology: L. collectio: cf. F. collection

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of gathering something together
  2. Request for a sum of money
  3. A publication containing a variety of works
  4. Several things grouped together or considered as a whole

Borrowing from Old French collection, from Latin collēctiō, collēctiōnem.

  1. A set of items or amount of material procured or gathered together.
    The attic contains a remarkable of antiques, oddities, and random junk.
    The asteroid belt consists of a of dust, rubble, and minor planets.
  2. Multiple related objects associated as a group.
    He has a superb coin .
  3. The activity of collecting.
    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.
  7. (Britain) The jurisdiction of a collector of excise.
  8. (in the plural, Britain, Oxford University slang) A set of college exams generally taken at the start of the term.

collection was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons With the Last Name Collection

Henry was born in 1885. He left this life on March 19th, 1979.


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Past life for Collection born Apr 25, 1975

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Mexico approximately on 1275. Your profession was builder of houses, temples, and cathedrals.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Magic is everywhere around you, in most usual, most ordinary incidents. Your lesson - to learn magic and to help people to see it clearly. You are a magician!

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  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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