collation


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Collation \Col*la"tion\, n. [OE. collacioun speech, conference,
   reflection, OF. collacion, F. collation, fr. L. collatio a
   bringing together, comparing, fr. collatum (used as the
   supine of conferre); col- + latium (used as the supine of
   ferre to bear), for tlatum. See Tolerate, v. t.]
   1. The act of collating or comparing; a comparison of one
      copy er thing (as of a book, or manuscript) with another
      of a like kind; comparison, in general. --Pope.
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   2. (Print.) The gathering and examination of sheets
      preparatory to binding.
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   3. The act of conferring or bestowing. [Obs.]
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            Not by the collation of the king . . . but by the
            people.                               --Bacon.
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   4. A conference. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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   5. (Eccl. Law) The presentation of a clergyman to a benefice
      by a bishop, who has it in his own gift.
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   6. (Law)
      (a) The act of comparing the copy of any paper with its
          original to ascertain its conformity.
      (b) The report of the act made by the proper officers.
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   7. (Scots Law) The right which an heir has of throwing the
      whole heritable and movable estates of the deceased into
      one mass, and sharing it equally with others who are of
      the same degree of kindred.
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   Note: This also obtains in the civil law, and is found in the
         code of Louisiana. --Bouvier.
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   8. (Eccles.) A collection of the Lives of the Fathers or
      other devout work read daily in monasteries.
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   9. A light repast or luncheon; as, a cold collation; -- first
      applied to the refreshment on fast days that accompanied
      the reading of the collation in monasteries.
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            A collation of wine and sweetmeats.   --Whiston.
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   Collation of seals (Old Law), a method of ascertaining the
      genuineness of a seal by comparing it with another known
      to be genuine. --Bouvier.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Collation \Col*la"tion\, v. i.
   To partake of a collation. [Obs.]
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         May 20, 1658, I . . . collationed in Spring Garden.
                                                  --Evelyn.
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