collation

A collation is the collection and ordering of materials, usually paper. It can be tedious and repetitive work, so most people are more than happy to let a copy machine do the job for them.

Collation actually has two separate and very different meanings. After you finish the collation of all those document pages, you might grab a quick collation. (That is, you deserve a light snack after all that organizing.) That's right, a collation is also a light meal, usually cold, and often set out for people to take at their leisure. It sometimes refers to a small meal eaten on fasting days.

Primary Meanings of collation

1.
n
assembling in proper numerical or logical sequence
2.
n
careful examination and comparison to note points of disagreement
3.
n
a light informal meal
Full Definitions of collation
1

n assembling in proper numerical or logical sequence

Type of:
aggregation, assembling, collecting, collection
the act of gathering something together
2

n careful examination and comparison to note points of disagreement

Type of:
comparing, comparison
the act of examining resemblances
3

n a light informal meal

Synonyms:
bite, snack
Types:
refreshment
snacks and drinks served as a light meal
nosh
(Yiddish) a snack or light meal
coffee break, tea break
a snack taken during a break in the work day
Type of:
meal, repast
the food served and eaten at one time

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