verb (used with object), col·lat·ed, col·lat·ing.
Origin of collate
Examples from the Web for collator
He has designedly hung in the rearward of the science, and is a collator rather than a critic or an investigator.
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|Various
This placing is sometimes done by the collator, sometimes by a separate hand.Women in the Printing Trades.|Various
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
British Dictionary definitions for collator (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for collator (2 of 2)
- to check the sequence of (the sections of a book) after gathering
- a nontechnical word for gather (def. 9)
Word Origin for collate
Word Origin and History for collator
1610s, from Latin collatus, irregular past participle of conferre "to bring together," from com- "together" (see com-) + latus (see oblate (n.)), serving as past participle of ferre "to bear" (see infer). Related: Collated; collating.