• A child collecting flowers together
    A child collecting flowers together
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj collect payable by the recipient on delivery "a collect call","the letter came collect","a COD parcel"
    • adv collect make a telephone call or mail a package so that the recipient pays "call collect","send a package collect"
    • v collect assemble or get together "gather some stones","pull your thoughts together"
    • v collect get or bring together "accumulate evidence"
    • v collect call for and obtain payment of "we collected over a million dollars in outstanding debts","he collected the rent"
    • v collect get or gather together "I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife","She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis","She rolled up a small fortune"
    • v collect gather or collect "You can get the results on Monday","She picked up the children at the day care center","They pick up our trash twice a week"
    • n collect a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England
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Additional illustrations & photos:

No, this isn't a collection of tubercular microbes No, this isn't a collection of tubercular microbes
A few 17th-century handwrought hinges in the Jamestown collection A few 17th-century handwrought hinges in the Jamestown collection
An early 17th-century andiron in the Jamestown collection. Note the cherub’s head near the base An early 17th-century andiron in the Jamestown collection. Note the cherub’s head near the base
A few examples of English delftware in the Jamestown collection A few examples of English delftware in the Jamestown collection
A few examples of German salt-glazed stoneware in the Jamestown collection. All were made during the 17th century A few examples of German salt-glazed stoneware in the Jamestown collection. All were made during the 17th century
Reconstructed wineglasses and wineglass fragments in the Jamestown collection Reconstructed wineglasses and wineglass fragments in the Jamestown collection
An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or other ornamental device) stamped on the shoulders of the wine bottles which they ordered from England An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or...
A few buckles and buttons in the Jamestown collection. Many are over 300 years old A few buckles and buttons in the Jamestown collection. Many are over 300 years old

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The IRS employees tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war
    • n Collect A short, comprehensive prayer, adapted to a particular day, occasion, or condition, and forming part of a liturgy. "The noble poem on the massacres of Piedmont is strictly a collect in verse."
    • Collect To assemble together; as, the people collected in a crowd; to accumulate; as, snow collects in banks.
    • Collect To demand and obtain payment of, as an account, or other indebtedness; as, to collect taxes.
    • Collect To gather into one body or place; to assemble or bring together; to obtain by gathering. "A band of men Collected choicely from each country.""'Tis memory alone that enriches the mind, by preserving what our labor and industry daily collect ."
    • Collect To infer from observed facts; to conclude from premises. "Which sequence, I conceive, is very ill collected ."
    • Collect To infer; to conclude. "Whence some collect that the former word imports a plurality of persons."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Between 1931 and 1969 Walt Disney collected thirty-five Oscars.
    • collect To gather into one place or group; assemble or bring together; make a combination, group, or collection of; gather: as, to collect facts or evidence; to collect curiosities or rare books.
    • collect To receive or compel payment of; bring to a settlement: as, to collect a bill.
    • collect To ascertain or infer from observation or information; infer.
    • collect Synonyms To convene, convoke, muster, accumulate, amass, group.
    • collect To gather together; accumulate: as, pus collects in an abscess; snow collects in drifts.
    • collect To compose one's self.
    • n collect In the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other Western liturgies: A concise prayer, varying according to the day, week, octave, or season, recited before the epistle, regularly consisting of one sentence, and asking for some grace or blessing with reference to some teaching of the epistle or gospel, or both. A collect is composed of an address to the Trinity or to one of the Divine Persons, a petition thus introduced, and the pleading of Christ's merits or final ascription to a Person of the Trinity. One collect may be used alone or several in succession. Collects regularly belong to the eucharistic office, but are repeated in the day-offices (hours, morning and evening prayer), thus forming a constant link between the latter and the altar service. They are characteristic of Western liturgies and offices, not being known in the Eastern churches. Almost all those still in use are very ancient, and the origin of this form of prayer is at least as old as the fifth century. Leo the Great (440-61) and Gelasius I. (492-96) are reputed the first composers of collects. See oratio.
    • n collect In a wider sense, a prayer of similar character or construction, especially one following the collect for the day, or used just before the conclusion of an office.
    • n collect A name sometimes given to the synapte of the Greek Church.
    • n collect A collection.
    • collect In horsemanship, to gain control (of a horse) and bring it into a position where it has proper command of its powers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stamp collecting is the most popular hobby in the world.
    • v.t Collect kol-ekt′ to assemble or bring together: to infer: to put one's thoughts in order
    • v.i Collect to run together: to accumulate
    • ns Collect a short form of prayer, peculiar to the liturgies of the Western Church, consisting of a single sentence, conveying one main petition
    • ***


  • Henry C. Rogers
    Henry C. Rogers
    “Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Practical observation commonly consists of collecting a few facts and loading them with guesses.”
  • Nonpareil
    “If someone were to pay you $.10 for every kind word you ever spoke and collect $.05 for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?”
  • Augustine Birrell
    Augustine Birrell
    “Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The true university of these days is a collection of books.”


Collect dust - If something is collecting dust, it isn't being used any more.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. collecrus, (p. p.) of collerige, to bind together; col-, + legere, to gather: cf. OF. collecter,. See Legend, and cf. Coil (v. t.) Cull (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. colligĕre, collectum, from col, together, and legĕre, to gather.


In literature:

Figure 26 is from plants collected in Michigan and photographed by Dr. Fisher.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
These were treasured in Amerbach's collection.
"Holbein" by Beatrice Fortescue
These indispensable books are simply wanting in our book if it be but a collection of Greek monographs.
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
Then he sought to collect himself.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
In the Beit collection, London, a young woman at her clavecin.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
Such a collection would form a historical curiosity.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
To Professor Morton Peck, of Oregon, we are indebted for many notes of the color of plasmodia and for collections of Pacific coast forms.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
Gardner Collection; Crace Collection, 26/6; Guildhall Library.
"Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles" by Daniel Hack Tuke
He especially excelled in judging men collectively.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
Eugene collected and reported faithfully every day, and had managed to save a little money.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
His income in the collective was only on the subsistence level.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
What the editor hath done, the reader must collect for himself.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
But our darkest elegans, eighteen years in the collection, has not bloomed for six seasons past.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
Lord Coventry held the great seal for nearly fifteen years, and was enabled to collect a large fortune.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Martella's ardent kisses had so surprised and confused him that it was some time before he could collect himself.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
Even the collection of manuscripts, piled up with so much industry by the brethren, did not escape the general doom.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
The few Greeks, Romanians, Armenians, and Jews in the population collectively accounted for only about 1 percent of the total.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Disputes with the Governor, Collection Moreau St. Mery, Volume 78.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
Reaumur was the first naturalist who formed an extensive collection of animals in France.
"Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnæus" by William MacGillivray
The museum contains a very fine collection of these and a good collection of medieval majolica.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

For they, by faith, a day descry,
And joyfully expect,
When he, descending from the sky,
His jewels will collect.
"They Shall Be Mine, Saith The Lord" by John Newton
Can you collect the morning dew
And, with the greatest pains,
Beat every drop into a link,
And of these links make chains?
"Oh, What Are The Chains Of Love Made Of?" by Robert Hogg
He sent his brother to the Gods,
And, when the fit was o'er,
Went on collecting turves and clods
To build the Wall once more!
"Romulus and Remus" by Rudyard Kipling
That I would shut myself away
And in seclusion write a section
Of winter poems, day by day,
To supplement my spring collection.
"After the Interval" by Boris Pasternak
They call, the road consenting, "Haste!"—
Such as delight in dust collected—
Until arrives (I too have raced! )
The unexpected.
"Carmen Circulare" by Rudyard Kipling
Their poisons collected afford
Lethargic relief to his pangs;
And Death! of all nature the lord!
Thy shadows now rest on his fangs.
"The Lion" by William Hayley

In news:

The Danish art collector Nicolai Frahm has gathered together a compact collection of artworks he's collected over the years from many different parts of the world for a show and private auction at Sotheby's New York.
Three other tax collection companies Berkheimer and Associates, Capital Tax Collection Bureau of Harrisburg, and JP Harris Association of Mechanicsburg also submitted proposals to the committee in 2010.
Punxsy's own Douglas Bartlebaugh poses in front of his collection — consisting of one license plate from each state — while holding his latest fancy, the beginning of his motorcycle license plate collection .
A huge collection of sport and comic collectibles will be auctioned Saturday and Sunday at Able Auctions in Vancouve.
JACKSON — A computer conversion at the Mississippi Department of Revenue delayed some revenue collections from being posted and contributed to a report that showed a September drop in tax collections.
The consortium city council joined to collectively bid for waste collection services chose Rumpke as the provider, charging $11.80 a month for three years to residents of the communities in the consortium .
The data collected from the Sterling count will be added to a national collection of data.
Native Tony Parker is the Curator of Golf Collections and the Lawrence Levy Golf Photographic Collection at the University of St Andrews.
Paul McCartney's complete 'Kisses on the Bottom'-era output has been collected in one special deluxe collection titled 'Kisses on the Bottom — Complete Kisses' that is now available exclusively online via the iTunes Store.
Regular Monday collection will be collected on Tuesday.
Regular Tuesday collection will be collected on Wednesday.
WALHALLA — Collecting taxes on over 70,000 cars and 10,000 boats is no real problem, County Auditor Ken Nix told the County Council on Tuesday, but collecting taxes on airplanes is.
The last collection in June totaled more than 24,000 pounds of food and project organizers hope to collect 300,000 pounds of food in Jackson County by the end of the year.
Jordan Schnitzer's Ellsworth Kelly collection at Portland Art Museum: A collection takes shape -- behind-the-scenes Q&A.
Data collected to satisfy different requirements benefit from a storage strategy that has been tailored to ensure that the original reasons for collecting the data are not subverted.

In science:

The constant b parametrizes this collective motion; it is proportional to the (average) collective flow velocity of the expanding system .
Remarks on the extraction of freeze-out parameters
Let (X, ρ) be a d-dimensional smooth manifold with a finite collection of continuous maps {Ti} having bounded Lipschitz constants ΛTi from X into itself, and a collection of probabilities {pi}, defining the random map T .
Perron-Frobenius spectrum for random maps and its approximation
For L ∈ PO(H), we denote by HL the collection of H ∈ H containing L as a lower dimensional subvariety (so this collection is empty when codim(L) = 1).
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
Then the collection HI of H ∈ H passing through I decomposes into a finite collection of ΓI -orbits of hyperplanes.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
The operator codom(·) applied to a collection of maps returns the collection of ranges.
An example of a non-cofibrantly generated model category
Once there is such a labeled collection of signed loops, it can be tested for validity. A collection of loops is valid if there is no contradiction in the signs (each curve is uniquely labeled plus or minus).
Bi-oriented Quantum Algebras, and a Generalized Alexander Polynomial for Virtual Links
Fab connects two users if a collection agent has clustered their pro files in order to collect more web sources of the central theme of the cluster.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Both the eigenvalue distribution and the overlap between the SU(3) and calculated wave functions exhibit the smooth path from a Hamiltonian dominated by the collective force to a random, non-collective, one.
A study of randomness, correlations and collectivity in the nuclear shell model
H is a finite collection of complete, connected hyperbolic manifolds, of finite volume, embedded in Σ, and G is a finite collection of connected graph manifolds, embedded in Σ.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
The collection of elements {hχ } is called a multiple characteristic of e (or of the collection {eχ }). A compact real form of the Lie algebra of a reductive subgroup in G is, by definition, the Lie algebra of a compact real form of this complex algebraic subgroup.
Hermitian Characteristics of Nilpotent Elements
Now consider the collection of constraints Cj where ψj are set to be zero, and we ask the question whether the collection of constraints in (4) has a feasible solution.
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
Condition (ii) above is realized in the Ito-Nisio theorem by insuring that the collection {Fl,j (u), ωp (u)} with 1 ≤ l ≤ k , 1 ≤ j ≤ 2l−1 , and 1 ≤ p ≤ n + q is orthogonal and we shall look for such a collection.
Random Series and Discrete Path Integral methods: The Levy-Ciesielski implementation
We can divide {∆i} into rd = |Λr ∩ kZd | sub-collections according to the values of the components of their lexicographically minimal corners modulo rk ; each such sub-collection consists of disjoint copies of Λr .
Random Surfaces
To summarize, in order to make sure that there are no paradoxes we must say that g is the characteristic function of a “collection” of S ets but this “collection” does not form a set.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
Since a collection of excursions uniquely defines X ′ , it is enough to count such collections.
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions