(Col"lect), n. [LL. collecta, fr. L. collecta a collection in money; an assemblage, fr. collerige: cf. F. collecte. See Collect, v. t.] A short, comprehensive prayer, adapted to a particular day, occasion, or condition, and forming part of a liturgy.

The noble poem on the massacres of Piedmont is strictly a collect in verse.

(||Col`lec*ta"ne*a) n. pl. [Neut. pl. from L. collectaneus collected, fr. colligere. See Collect, v. t.] Passages selected from various authors, usually for purposes of instruction; miscellany; anthology.

(Col*lect"ed) a.

1. Gathered together.

2. Self-possessed; calm; composed.

(Col*lect"ed*ly), adv. Composedly; coolly.

(Col*lect"ed*ness), n. A collected state of the mind; self-possession.

(Col*lect"i*ble) a. Capable of being collected.

(Col*lec"tion) n. [L. collectio: cf. F. collection.]

1. The act or process of collecting or of gathering; as, the collection of specimens.

2. That which is collected; as: (a) A gathering or assemblage of objects or of persons. "A collection of letters." Macaulay. (b) A gathering of money for charitable or other purposes, as by passing a contribution box for freewill offerings. "The collection for the saints." 1 Cor. xvi. 1 (c) (Usually in pl.) That which is obtained in payment of demands. (d) An accumulation of any substance. "Collections of moisture." Whewell. "A purulent collection." Dunglison.

3. The act of inferring or concluding from premises or observed facts; also, that which is inferred. [Obs.]

We may safely say thus, that wrong collections have been hitherto made out of those words by modern divines.

4. The jurisdiction of a collector of excise. [Eng.]

Syn. — Gathering; assembly; assemblage; group; crowd; congregation; mass; heap; compilation.

(Col*lec"tion*al) a. Of or pertaining to collecting.

The first twenty-five [years] must have been wasted for collectional purposes.
H. A. Merewether.

(Col*lect"ive) a. [L. collectivus: cf. F. collectif.]

1. Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation. Bp. Hoadley.

2. Deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring. [Obs.] "Critical and collective reason." Sir T. Browne.

3. (Gram.) Expressing a collection or aggregate of individuals, by a singular form; as, a collective name or noun, like assembly, army, jury, etc.

4. Tending to collect; forming a collection.

Local is his throne . . . to fix a point,
A central point, collective of his sons.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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