n. The act or process of collecting or of gathering; as, the collection of specimens. That which is collected; as: (a) A gathering or assemblage of objects or of persons. (b) A gathering of money for charitable or other purposes, as by passing a contribution box for freewill offerings. The act of inferring or concluding from premises or observed facts; also, that which is inferred. The jurisdiction of a collector of excise.
Syn. - Gathering; assembly; assemblage; group; crowd; congregation; mass; heap; compilation.