/ (kɒˈleɪtə, kəʊ-, ˈkɒleɪtə, ˈkəʊ-) /
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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
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How to use collator in a sentence
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
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
This placing is sometimes done by the collator, sometimes by a separate hand.Women in the Printing Trades.|Various
He has designedly hung in the rearward of the science, and is a collator rather than a critic or an investigator.