[kuh-ley-shuhn, koh-, ko-]
the act of collating.
Bibliography. the verification of the number and order of the leaves and signatures of a volume.
a light meal that may be permitted on days of general fast.
any light meal.
(in a monastery) the practice of reading and conversing on the lives of the saints or the Scriptures at the close of the day.
the presentation of a member of the clergy to a benefice, especially by a bishop who is the patron or has acquired the patron's rights.

1175–1225; Middle English collacion (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin collāciōn-, collātiōn- (stem of collātiō), equivalent to Latin collāt(us) (see collate) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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collation (kɒˈleɪʃən, kə-)
1.  the act or process of collating
2.  a description of the technical features of a book
3.  RC Church a light meal permitted on fast days
4.  any light informal meal
5.  the appointment of a clergyman to a benefice

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. collation, from L. collationem, noun of action from collatus, pp. of conferre "to bring together" (see collate). The word has had many meanings over the centuries. As the title of a popular 5c. religious work by John Cassian, "Collation" was sometimes
translated into O.E. as þurhtogenes.
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Example sentences
Obtain data from outlying physicians when needed for data collation and submission.
McDowell puts more emphasis on the collation of data than many.
Paper should be able to withstand considerable heat without excessive curling for automatic collation.
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