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1. collection  (noun) 
the act of gathering something together

  Also known as: collecting, assembling, aggregation


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agglomeration - the act of collecting in a mass
collation - assembling in proper numerical or logical sequence
compilation / compiling - the act of compiling (as into a single book or file or list)
gather / gathering - the act of gathering something
bottle collection - the activity of collecting bottles
conchology / shell collecting - the collection and study of mollusc shells
numismatics / numismatology / coin collecting / coin collection - the collection and study of money (and coins in particular)
pickup - the act or process of picking up or collecting from various places
philately / stamp collecting / stamp collection - the collection and study of postage stamps
tax collection - the collection of taxes


  More Generic:
    grouping


2. collection  (noun) 
request for a sum of money; "an appeal to raise money for starving children"

  Also known as: solicitation, appeal, ingathering


  More Specific:
whip-round - solicitation of money usually for a benevolent purpose


  More Generic:
    request     petition     postulation


3. collection  (noun) 
a publication containing a variety of works

  Also known as: compendium


  More Specific:
anthology - a collection of selected literary passages
archives - collection of records especially about an institution
compilation / digest - something that is compiled (as into a single book or file)


  More Generic:
    publication


4. collection  (noun) 
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

  Also known as: aggregation, accumulation, assemblage


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procession - the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation
pharmacopoeia - a collection or stock of drugs
string - a collection of objects threaded on a single strand
wardrobe - collection of clothing belonging to one person
wardrobe - collection of costumes belonging to a theatrical company
weaponry / arms / implements of war / weapons system / munition - weapons considered collectively
population / universe - (statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn
armamentarium - the collection of equipment and methods used in the practice of medicine
art collection - a collection of art works
backlog - an accumulation of jobs not done or materials not processed that are yet to be dealt with (especially unfilled customer orders for products or services)
battery - a collection of related things intended for use together
block - a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit
book / rule book - a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made
bottle collection - a collection of bottles
bunch / lot / caboodle - any collection in its entirety
coin collection - a collection of coins
collage - any collection of diverse things
content - everything that is included in a collection
ensemble / tout ensemble - an assemblage of parts or details (as in a work of art) considered as forming a whole
corpus - a collection of writings
crop - a collection of people or things appearing together
tenantry - tenants of an estate considered as a group
findings - a collection of tools and other articles used by an artisan to make jewelry or clothing or shoes
pack - a complete collection of similar things
hand / deal - the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time
long suit - in a hand, the suit having the most cards
stamp collection - a collection of stamps
statuary - statues collectively
sum / summation / sum total - the final aggregate
agglomeration - a jumbled collection or mass
gimmickry - a collection of gimmicks
nuclear club - the nations possessing nuclear weapons
pile / heap / mound / cumulus - a collection of objects laid on top of each other
mass - an ill-structured collection of similar things (objects or people)
combination - a collection of things that have been combined
congregation - an assemblage of people or animals or things collected together
hit parade - a collection of the best or most popular people or items of a given kind
Judaica - historical and literary materials relating to Judaism
kludge - a badly assembled collection of parts hastily assembled to serve some particular purpose (often used to refer to computing systems or software that has been badly put together)
library / program library / subroutine library - (computing) a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use
library - a collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing
mythology - myths collectively
Nag Hammadi / Nag Hammadi Library - a collection of 13 ancient papyrus codices translated from Greek into Coptic that were discovered by farmers near the town of Nag Hammadi in 1945
biota / biology - all the plant and animal life of a particular region
fauna - all the animal life in a particular region
petting zoo - a collection of docile animals for children to pet and feed
set - a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
Victoriana - collection of materials of or characteristic of the Victorian era
class / category / family - a collection of things sharing a common attribute
job lot - a miscellaneous collection of things sold together
package / bundle / packet / parcel - a collection of things wrapped or boxed together
defense / defence / defense team / defense lawyers - the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
prosecution - the lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant
planting - a collection of plants (trees or shrubs or flowers) in a particular area
signage - signs collectively (especially commercial signs or posters)
generally accepted accounting practices / GAAP - a collection of rules and procedures and conventions that define accepted accounting practice
pantheon - all the gods of a religion
Free World - anti-Communist countries collectively
Third World - underdeveloped and developing countries of Asia and Africa and Latin America collectively
Europe - the nations of the European continent collectively
Asia - the nations of the Asian continent collectively
North America - the nations of the North American continent collectively
Central America - the nations of Central America collectively
South America - the nations of the South American continent collectively
Oort cloud - (astronomy) a hypothetical huge collection of comets orbiting the sun far beyond the orbit of Pluto
galaxy - a splendid assemblage (especially of famous people)
galaxy / extragalactic nebula - (astronomy) a collection of star systems
fleet - a group of warships organized as a tactical unit
fleet - group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership
fleet - group of aircraft operating together under the same ownership
repertoire - a collection of works that an artist or company can perform
repertory / repertoire - the entire range of skills or aptitudes or devices used in a particular field or occupation
assortment / mixture / mixed bag / miscellany / miscellanea / variety / salmagundi / smorgasbord / potpourri / motley - a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
batch / clutch - a collection of things or persons to be handled together
batch - all the loaves of bread baked at the same time
rogue's gallery - a collection of pictures of criminals
exhibition / exposition / expo - a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display
convoy - a collection of merchant ships with an escort of warships
traffic - the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time
aviation / air power - the aggregation of a country''s military aircraft
vegetation / flora - all the plant life in a particular region
law / jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority
menagerie - a collection of live animals for study or display
data / information - a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn
ana - a collection of anecdotes about a person or place
mail / post - any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered
treasure - a collection of precious things
treasure trove - any collection of valuables that is discovered
troponymy / troponomy - the place name of a region or a language
smithereens - a collection of small fragments considered as a whole
Wise Men / Magi - (New Testament) the sages who visited Jesus and Mary and Joseph shortly after Jesus was born
French West Indies - the islands in the Lesser Antilles that are administered by France


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