1. [syn: compilation, compiling]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Compile \Com*pile"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compiled; p. pr. &
vb. n. Compiling.] [F. compiler, fr.L. compilare to
plunder, pillage; com- + pilare to plunder. See Pill, v.
1. To put together; to construct; to build. [Obs.]
Before that Merlin died, he did intend
A brazen wall in compass to compile. --Spenser.
2. To contain or comprise. [Obs.]
Which these six books compile. --Spenser.
3. To put together in a new form out of materials already
existing; esp., to put together or compose out of
materials from other books or documents.
He [Goldsmith] compiled for the use of schools a
History of Rome. --Macaulay.
4. To write; to compose. [Obs.] --Sir W. Temple.
5. (Computers) to process (computer program source code) with
a compiler to produce an assembly-language program or
an executable program in machine language.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of compiling (as into a single book or file or
list); "the job of compiling the inventory took several
hours" [syn: compilation, compiling]