• WordNet 3.6
    • n collector the electrode in a transistor through which a primary flow of carriers leaves the region between the electrodes
    • n collector a crater that has collected cosmic material hitting the earth
    • n collector a person who is employed to collect payments (as for rent or taxes)
    • n collector a person who collects things
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Blaise Pascal's father was a French tax collector who had trouble keeping track of his collections. So in 1642, young Pascal designed and built a mechanical adding machine to help. It was the first mechanical calculator in history.
    • Collector A bachelor of arts in Oxford, formerly appointed to superintend some scholastic proceedings in Lent.
    • Collector A compiler of books; one who collects scattered passages and puts them together in one book. "Volumes without the collector's own reflections."
    • Collector (Com) An officer appointed and commissioned to collect and receive customs, duties, taxes, or toll. "A great part of this is now embezzled . . . by collectors , and other officers."
    • Collector One authorized to collect debts.
    • Collector One who collects things which are separate; esp., one who makes a business or practice of collecting works of art, objects in natural history, etc.; as, a collector of coins. "I digress into Soho to explore a bookstall. Methinks I have been thirty years a collector ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the Netherlands, in 1634, a collector paid 1,000 pounds of cheese, four oxen, eight pigs, 12 sheep, a bed, and a suit of clothes for a single bulb of the Viceroy tulip.
    • n collector One who collects or gathers; especially, one who makes it a pursuit or an amusement to collect objects of interest, as books, paintings, plants, minerals, shells, etc.
    • n collector A compiler; one who gathers and puts together parts of books, or scattered pieces, in one book.
    • n collector A person employed to collect dues, public or private; especially, an officer appointed and commissioned to collect and receive customs duties, taxes, or toll within a certain district. Under the government of the United States these are of two classes, called collectors of customs and collectors of internal revenue.
    • n collector Specifically In British India, the chief administrative official of a zillah or district, charged with the collection of the revenue, and also, except in Bengal proper, possessing certain magisterial powers.
    • n collector One of two bachelors of arts in Oxford University who are appointed each Lent to divide the determining bachelors into classes and distribute the schools. Also called Lent collectors.
    • n collector A person appointed to care for the estate of a decedent until letters testamentary or of administration upon it are granted.
    • n collector In electricity, the upper plate of a disk or condenser, employed for collecting electricity; more generally, any arrangement for collecting electricity.
    • n collector [plural] Same as collecting-hairs.
    • n collector In the manufacture of artificial silk, a device for collecting and coalescing several collodion filaments from the spinning-apparatus, and then winding them upon bobbins.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 48 Gutenberg Bibles still in existence. Two of them were in Germany during World War II and are missing, but many book collectors believe them to be in private collections.
    • Collector one who collects, as tickets, money, &c
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  • Frank Dane
    “Remember when $25, 000 was a success? Now it is a garbage collector.”
  • Mortimer Caplan
    Mortimer Caplan
    “There is one difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist -- the taxidermist leaves the hide.”
  • Bill Vaughan
    Bill Vaughan
    “The tax collector must love poor people. He is creating so many of them.”
  • Walter Benjamin
    “Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. collector, one who collects: cf. F. collecteur,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. colligĕre, collectum, from col, together, and legĕre, to gather.


In literature:

The Bishop appeals to the Collector (Representative of Government here).
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
The existing manuscripts cannot be bought; the old printed editions are highly priced by collectors, and they are rare.
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
William F. Stone, Collector of the Port.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
Collector, H. A. Collins.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
One collector in Constantinople has many very fine and rare specimens.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
This was a rent collector named Pancks, who was really kind-hearted, but who was compelled to squeeze rent money out of the poor by his master.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
The collection would pay the collectors a net profit of fifteen or sixteen millions.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
The collector finally lost his patience, turned quickly and chased his tormentors.
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
He spoke of himself sometimes as a collector of impressions; and it was a true characterization.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
That's what the collector says.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking

In poetry:

Collectors of customs, and doctors -
Poor brothers, ------- curse;
---------- "we" is a block head;
Reporters are something much worse.
"The Misanthrope's Reverie" by Joseph Warren Watson
There's precedent in Bristol's case
The great collector--preacher-farmer;
And in the case of that divine
Who shrives the soul of P.D. Armour.
"To De Witt Miller" by Eugene Field
Well and you, stamp-collectors, if even
Only one fleeting moment you had
Among us, what a marvellous present
You would find in my sorrowful stead!
"God's World" by Boris Pasternak
Misunderstood reformer! gallant heart!
He gave his path to Death—the great collector.
Now . . . in Elysian fields he sits apart
And sips his modest “Tommy Dodd” of nectar.
"Jimmy Wood" by Barcroft Henry Boake
From out my world I disappeared;
My walk and talk changed over-night.
I bought black glasses, grew a beard -
Abysmally I dropped from sight;
Old Tax Collector, Mister Smith
Became a memory, a myth.
"The Mystery Of Mister Smith" by Robert W Service

In news:

WORTHY Of the Riviera's eight generations, here are photos and prices, above and below, from Black Book CPI Value Guide, of the cars that collectors covet most.
Damien Steven Hirst , the world's richest artist ($332 million according to Britain's Sunday Times ), full-time businessman, part time art-collector, sometime restaurateur, P.T.
His big auction here is about to begin and the Sotheby's salesroom is overflowing with collectors and dealers.
A federal judge sentenced a New York man who helped a presidential memorabilia collector steal thousands of rare documents to a year and a day in prison on Friday, prosecutors said.
When Vietnam veteran Harmon Adams got a call from the Vietnam Graffiti project about four years ago, he thought they were just bill collectors.
) — When Marie Veloso called the junk collectors to have her late mother's old hope chest hauled away, she was certain it contained nothing of value.
Debt Collectors Show Up at Patient's Hospital Bed to Collect.
Here's what to do if debt collectors hound you in their hunt for someone else.
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act forbids collectors from hounding you for a debt that's not yours.
James Fraser Gluck, a Buffalo lawyer and collector, was both hero and culprit in the travels of Mark Twain's manuscript of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ".
Tax Collectors Look Hungrily at Technology Giants' Cash Hoards.
Collectors seeking David Bowie vinyl are quick to take notice when rare copies of his 1971 ' Hunky Dory' album appear on the market.
Collectors seeking David Bowie vinyl are quick to take notice when rare copies of his 1971 'Hunky Dory' album appear on the market.
Those for whom objects of beauty are a part of the job are often passionate collectors themselves.
Just when you least expect it, a good deal on a desirable collector car will pop up out of nowhere--a deal so good that you don't even have to give it a second thought.

In science:

All this is technologically very much demanding and tends to limit the duration of space IR missions (because of the finite reservoir of coolant) and the size of the primary photon collector.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
This will also be the case for NASA’s SIRTF (due to launch in mid 2002), in spite of the moderately larger primary collector (85cm).
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Therefore a magnetic collector was designed to separate the positrons from the electrons while preserving the positrons with a kinetic energy below 1 MeV.
Intense Source of Slow Positrons
It is thus necessary to develop a positron collector in order to transport them efficiently at the trap entrance.
Intense Source of Slow Positrons
Pictures of the prototype EC with some of the MAPMT installed, without Light Collector Systems and no potting, are shown in Figure 4 and 5.
Design of a Base-Board for arrays of closely-packed Multi-Anode Photo-Multipliers