[kuh-leyt, koh-, ko-, koh-leyt, kol-eyt]
- to gather or arrange in their proper sequence (the pages of a report, the sheets of a book, the pages of several sets of copies, etc.).
- Bookbinding. to verify the arrangement of (the gathered sheets of a book), usually by inspecting the signature at the foot of the first page of each sheet or the mark printed on the back of each sheet or on the spine of each signature.
- to compare (texts, statements, etc.) in order to note points of agreement or disagreement.
- Bibliography. to verify the number and order of the sheets of (a volume) as a means of determining its completeness.
- Computers. to merge (sequenced data from two or more data sets or files) to produce a new sequenced data set or file.
- Ecclesiastical. to present by collation, as to a benefice.
Origin of collate
1550–60; < Latin collātus (past participle of conferre to bring together), equivalent to col- col-1 + lā- (suppletive stem of ferre) + -tus past participle ending
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Examples from the Web for collator
This placing is sometimes done by the collator, sometimes by a separate hand.
From the smashing machine it goes to the collator, by whom it is examined to see if any signature is misplaced or left out.The Building of a Book
He has designedly hung in the rearward of the science, and is a collator rather than a critic or an investigator.
The edition is thus separated into its thousand books, which the collator goes over to see that each is perfect.The Booklover and His Books
Harry Lyman Koopman
The collator should check off all plates and maps called for by the table of contents to make sure that the copy is perfect.A Book for All Readers
Ainsworth Rand Spofford
- a person or machine that collates texts or manuscripts
- computing a device for matching or checking punched cards in separate files and for merging two or more files sorted into the same ordered sequence
- to examine and compare (texts, statements, etc) in order to note points of agreement and disagreement
- (in library work) to check the number and order of (the pages of a book)
- to check the sequence of (the sections of a book) after gathering
- a nontechnical word for gather (def. 9)
- (often foll by to) Christianity to appoint (an incumbent) to a benefice
C16: from Latin collātus brought together (past participle of conferre to gather), from com- together + lātus, past participle of ferre to bring
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Word Origin and History for collator
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