Hypertext Webster Gateway: "collection"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

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).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Collection \Col*lec"tion\, n. [L. collectio: cf. F. collection.]
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
(d) An accumulation of any substance. ``Collections of
moisture.'' --Whewell. ``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.]

Syn: Gathering; assembly; assemblage; group; crowd;
congregation; mass; heap; compilation.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: several things grouped together [syn: {aggregation}, {accumulation},
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},

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