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collation (noun) the act of gathering and comparison of information; arranging sheets of information in the proper order; a light cold meal.
Collection of information, material, etc., especially about subjects of some historical, scientific, or cultural importance, studying the information and comparing them, to arrive at the truth of a matter is collation. Studying of the information from different sources, for example, to determine the real author of a book, is collation. The arrangement of the sheets to be formed into a book, in the proper order, is also collation. A careful arrangement of the material available on a subject is collation. A light, and usually cold meal, is a collation. For example, a meal consisting of just sandwiches, biscuits, pastries, etc., is a collation. For example, during busy meetings, when a number of items have to be discussed, the participants may be served a collation, that is, a light meal, if only to save time.
- Shakespearean scholars deserve all credit for their excellent collation of information and material about the author's life and works. Their wonderful work has succeeded in clearing many doubts about the authorship of his plays.
- The collation of the sheets is important for the production of a book, as, only after the information and the pages are arranged in the proper order, can the book be produced.
- Jeffrey is always in a hurry to get to office, so he has little time for a regular meal. He takes a collation of cookies, sandwiches, etc..