Meaning of COLLECTION in English


— collectional , adj.

/keuh lek"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act of collecting.

2. something that is collected; a group of objects or an amount of material accumulated in one location, esp. for some purpose or as a result of some process: a stamp collection; a collection of unclaimed hats in the checkroom; a collection of books on Churchill.

3. the works of art constituting the holdings of an art museum: a history of the museum and of the collection.

4. the gathered or exhibited works of a single painter, sculptor, etc.: an excellent Picasso collection.

5. collections , the various holdings of an art museum organized by category, as painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, or film: the director of the collections.

6. the clothes or other items produced by a designer, esp. for a seasonal line: the spring collection.

7. a sum of money collected, esp. for charity or church use.

8. Manège. act of bringing or coming into a collected attitude.

[ 1350-1400; ME colleccioun ( collection- (s. of collectio ), equiv. to collect ( us ) (ptp. of colligere; see COLLECT 1 ) + -ion- -ION ]

Syn. 2. accumulation, aggregation, mass, heap, pile, hoard, store. 7. contribution(s), alms.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .