from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of collating.
- n. A light meal permitted on fast days.
- n. A light meal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Bringing together.
- n. Discussion, light meal.
- v. To partake of a collation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of collating or comparing; a comparison of one copy er thing (as of a book, or manuscript) with another of a like kind; comparison, in general.
- n. The gathering and examination of sheets preparatory to binding.
- n. The act of conferring or bestowing.
- n. A conference.
- n. The presentation of a clergyman to a benefice by a bishop, who has it in his own gift.
- n. The act of comparing the copy of any paper with its original to ascertain its conformity.
- n. The report of the act made by the proper officers.
- n. The right which an heir has of throwing the whole heritable and movable estates of the deceased into one mass, and sharing it equally with others who are of the same degree of kindred.
- n. A collection of the Lives of the Fathers or other devout work read daily in monasteries.
- n. A light repast or luncheon; ; -- first applied to the refreshment on fast days that accompanied the reading of the collation in monasteries.
- intransitive v. To partake of a collation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of collating, or bringing together and comparing; a comparison of one thing with another of a like kind; especially, the comparison of manuscripts or editions of books or of records or statistics.
- n. A compilation; specifically, a collection of the lives of the fathers of the church.
- n. The act of reading and conversing on the lives of the saints, or the Scriptures: a practice instituted in monasteries by St. Benedict.
- n. A conference.
- n. A contribution; something to which each of several participators contributes.
- n. In the medieval universities, a sort of theological lecture laying down certain propositions without necessarily proving them.
- n. Reasoning; drawing of a conclusion.
- n. A repast; a meal: a term originally applied to the refection partaken of by monks in monasteries after the reading of the lives of the saints.
- n. The act of conferring or bestowing; a gift.
- n. In canon law, the presentation of a clergyman to a benefice by a bishop, who is the ordinary of the benefice, and who at the same time has the benefice in his own gift or patronage, or by neglect of the patron has acquired the patron's rights.
- n. In civil and Scots law, the real or supposed return of a former advancement to the mass of a decedent's property, made by one heir, that the property may be equitably divided among all the heirs; hotch-pot.
- To partake of a light repast.
- n. In bibliog., detailed comparison of a book with a perfect copy, usually by specifying, by signature-marks or other indications, the number of leaves (blank as well as printed) and detachable plates or maps, present or absent, in the copy examined, as compared with a perfect copy.
- n. In bookbinding, the examination of the folded sections (signatures) of a book for the purpose of discovering omissions or misplacements of sections.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. assembling in proper numerical or logical sequence
- n. a light informal meal
- n. careful examination and comparison to note points of disagreement
From Old French collation, from Latin collationem, from the participle stem of conferre ("to bring together"). (Wiktionary)