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collective

Definitions

  • A child collecting flowers together
    A child collecting flowers together
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj collective set up on the principle of collectivism or ownership and production by the workers involved usually under the supervision of a government "collective farms"
    • adj collective forming a whole or aggregate
    • adj collective done by or characteristic of individuals acting together "a joint identity","the collective mind","the corporate good"
    • n collective members of a cooperative enterprise
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Additional illustrations & photos:

No, this isn't a collection of tubercular microbes No, this isn't a collection of tubercular microbes
A few 17th-century handwrought hinges in the Jamestown collection A few 17th-century handwrought hinges in the Jamestown collection
An early 17th-century andiron in the Jamestown collection. Note the cherub’s head near the base An early 17th-century andiron in the Jamestown collection. Note the cherub’s head near the base
A few examples of English delftware in the Jamestown collection A few examples of English delftware in the Jamestown collection
A few examples of German salt-glazed stoneware in the Jamestown collection. All were made during the 17th century A few examples of German salt-glazed stoneware in the Jamestown collection. All were made during the 17th century
Reconstructed wineglasses and wineglass fragments in the Jamestown collection Reconstructed wineglasses and wineglass fragments in the Jamestown collection
An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or other ornamental device) stamped on the shoulders of the wine bottles which they ordered from England An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or...
A few buckles and buttons in the Jamestown collection. Many are over 300 years old A few buckles and buttons in the Jamestown collection. Many are over 300 years old

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Between 1931 and 1969 Walt Disney collected thirty-five Oscars.
    • n Collective (Gram) A collective noun or name.
    • Collective Deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring. "Critical and collective reason."
    • Collective (Gram) Expressing a collection or aggregate of individuals, by a singular form; as, a collective name or noun, like assembly army jury, etc.
    • Collective Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation.
    • Collective Having plurality of origin or authority; as, in diplomacy, a note signed by the representatives of several governments is called a collective note.
    • Collective Tending to collect; forming a collection. "Local is his throne . . . to fix a point,
      A central point, collective of his sons."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Stamp collecting is the most popular hobby in the world.
    • collective Belonging to, vested in, or exercised by a number of individuals jointly, or considered as forming one body; united; aggregated: opposed to individual and distributive: as, collective actions.
    • collective In grammar, denoting an aggregate, group, or assemblage; expressing under the singular form a whole consisting of a plurality of individual objects or persons: as, a collective noun.
    • collective Deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring.
    • collective Having the quality or power of collecting together; tending to collect; forming a collection.
    • collective Relating to or of the nature of collectivism; belonging to the people as a whole.
    • n collective In grammar, a noun in the singular number signifying an aggregate or assemblage, as multitude, crowd, troop, herd, people, society, Clergy, meeting, etc. Collectives as subjects can have their verbs either in the singular or in the plural, the latter by preference in familiar style; but usage varies as to different words of this class, according as they express more prominently a unity or a complexity; they take attributives, however, in the singular: as, the jury meets or meet, but this jury meets.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality diamond ever discovered. Found in 1905, the original 3,100 carats were cut to make jewels for the British Crown Jewels and the British Royal family's collection.
    • adj Collective considered as forming one mass or sum: congregated: common: :
    • adj Collective (Milt.) inferential
    • adj Collective (gram.) expressing a number or multitude
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Quotations

  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.”
  • Charles Lamb
    Charles%20Lamb
    “Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.”
  • Henry C. Rogers
    Henry C. Rogers
    “Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.”
  • Carl Jung
    Carl%20Jung
    “A collection of a hundred Great brains makes one big fathead.”
  • Carl Jung
    Carl%20Jung
    “The heaping together of paintings by Old Masters in museums is a catastrophe; likewise, a collection of a hundred Great Brains makes one big fathead.”
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”

Idioms

Collect dust - If something is collecting dust, it isn't being used any more.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. collectivus,: cf. F. collectif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. colligĕre, collectum, from col, together, and legĕre, to gather.

Usage

In literature:

Not a single poem of his appears in Mr. Robertson's collection.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
And when they returned, the rich collections which they brought back were never fully worked out.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
A volume of twenty sheets is in general considered in Russia as quite a respectable collection.
"Historical View of the Languages and Literature of the Slavic Nations" by Therese Albertine Louise von Jacob Robinson
This is now in the collection of Mr. Maxwell, the present owner of Herm.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
There is also a large collection of MSS.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
He was followed by, and he found there, a great collection of people.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Those found pure and sincere were collected in the large establishments.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
It is a capital collection of the best books of all countries, some of them in French, some in English, and others in German.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
The Balegga were very unfriendly, and collected in thousands.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
The result of all the trouble and expence of 50 years toil of collection is concentrated in this Collection.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Finally, order was brought into this collection of ancient emperors.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
That collection has him talking to himself, already.
"Murder in the Gunroom" by Henry Beam Piper
This principle seems now to be widely recognised in the compilation of biographical collections.
"China and the Chinese" by Herbert Allen Giles
But when you collect one thing you always incidentally collect others.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
COLLECTION OF TOP-WORKED APPLES.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
The day was spent in much pleasure, and the game collected was not inconsiderable.
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
Perhaps his most finished piece adorns the Communal collection, representing the Feast of Christ in the house of the Pharisee.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. V (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
Only known from bones, mostly collected by the Rev.
"Extinct Birds" by Walter Rothschild
Wealth is the collective term for those things which are felt to be related to the gratification of wants.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter
A specimen was collected near Pullman, Wash., on August 15, 1948, the first record for the State.
"Life Histories of North American Wood Warblers Part One and Part Two" by Arthur Bent
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In poetry:

First they stole from the Meo Tribes
Up in the hills they started taking bribes
Then they sent their soldiers up to Shan
Collecting opium to send to The Man
"CIA Dope Calypso" by Allen Ginsberg
Let one sad pause succeed these scenes of joy,
And at thy shrine receive my darling boy;
To me now lost but for thy magic power,
Collecting treasure for the passing hour;
"To Memory" by Elizabeth Bath
Fortune! I yield; and see, I give the sign;
At noon the poor mechanic wanders home,
Collects the square, the level, and the line,
And, with retorted eye, forsakes the dome.
"Elegy X. To Fortune, Suggesting His Motive for Repining at Her Dispensations" by William Shenstone
Amid that area wide they took their stand,
Where the tall maypole once o'er-looked the Strand,
But now (so Anne and piety ordain)
A church collects the saints of Drury Lane.
"The Dunciad: Book II." by Alexander Pope
His tools the Engraver collected in hand;
The beggar perceiv'd there was no time to stand,
So he blufted an eye, and he tuck'd up a leg,
And like other beggars he set out to beg.
"The Triumvirate" by William Hutton
All is of God! If he but wave his hand,
The mists collect, the rain falls thick and loud,
Till, with a smile of light on sea and land,
Lo! he looks back from the departing cloud.
"The Two Angels. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Schumacher & Co.'s Schumacher brand is expanding its offering of sheer soft window treatments with a new collection dubbed Radiance.
The library collection of sheers ranges in choices from traditional lace to modern weaves.
All photos courtesy of Virginia Mericle Menu Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Rainfall data collected by a network of radars operated by the National Weather Service will be integrated into an application that helps farmers forecast corn yields throughout the growing process.
Surrounded by Vietnam veterans, Congressman Steve Israel dedicates the musuem's new Long Tom artillery piece that was part of the Kronlund armor collection - will now be seen by thousands.
Marchon Revamps Airlock Drill Mount Collection.
NEW YORK—As part of their ongoing overhaul of their Global Collections, Marchon has revamped their proprietary Airlock Collection of drill mount frames.
Estée Lauder's Spring Color Collection.
MIAMI, FLa.—The All Inclusive Collection announced the official re-flagging of Cancun Palace and Vallarta Palace to the all inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Cancun and Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta.
Credit Walt Disney Pictures / The Kobal Collection.
Collected Poems, 1947–1997 by Allen Ginsberg HarperCollins, 1,189 pp.
Local employees are banking and collecting thousands in PTO.
Medicare bad debts – Consider having claims returned from collection after 1-2 years, but leave on collection report.
"Latin American Art From the Collection of Pearl and Stanley Goodman" and "Recent Acquisitions From the Museum's Latin American Art Collection".
Collection, use, disclosure and security of information collected by third parties are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties.
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In science:

We describe a prototype device using this “side-collection” technique, which provides photon collection efficiency ≈ 47% and photon detection efficiency ≈ 39%.
Efficient photon detection from color centers in a diamond optical waveguide
Technical optimization should allow significant further improvements in photon collection and detection efficiency as well as sub-picotesla NV-diamond magnetic field sensitivity using the side-collection technique.
Efficient photon detection from color centers in a diamond optical waveguide
This implies that the NV fluorescence detection efficiency of the side-collection prototype device ≈ 39%, while the fraction of photons reaching the four side-collection photodiodes (over a wide range of incidence angles) was ≥ 47%.
Efficient photon detection from color centers in a diamond optical waveguide
We break up the subsets of S into two classes: Let S1 be the collection of all subsets of S containing p, and S2 be the collection of all subsets of S avoiding p.
On Brylawski's generalized duality
We call an actor (or collective agent) a system of cooperative agents in which the behaviour is defined by collective decision tasks and collective coordination tasks .
Agent-Based {\mu}-Tools Integrated into a Co-Design Platform
We describe the validation of our method in a detailed case study of a software development company called eMaxx. In the case study we demonstrate data collection from multiple sources, including; mining of bug tracker data, mining the version control system and analysing data collected through interviews.
Identifying Coordination Problems in Software Development: Finding Mismatches between Software and Project Team Structures
By construction, W is the collection of the Wp that, at every point p, are the collection of the vectors which at the point p are orthogonal to uα .
Backreaction and the Covariant Formalism of General Relativity
Let (cid:8)Bs : s ≥ 0(cid:9) be a coupled collection of random bar collections, where Bs has the Poisson-s law for each s ∈ [0, ∞) and Bs ⊆ Bs′ whenever 0 ≤ s < s′ < ∞.
Sharp phase transition in the random stirring model on trees
If G be a group,∃ special abelian subgroup H of G suchthat collection of all self-classes define over H form a group KH which is isomorphic to a group MG suchthat MG is an collection of all self-classes define over G, then group G is said tobe R-group.
Rohit Self-Class Group
If x is maximal, then xn = max{y ∈ Sn ∶ An(y, xn+1 ) = 1} ∀ n ≥ 1; therefore the collection of non-maximal points is open and the collection Σmax of maximal points is closed. A similar argument shows that the set Σmin of minimal points is closed.
Exponential chi squared distributions in infinite ergodic theory
Supergraph of a collection of graphs and supergraph disconnected collections.
Consensus and Products of Random Stochastic Matrices: Exact Rate for Convergence in Probability
Thus, a disconnected collection is any collection of realizable graphs such that the union of all of its graphs yields a disconnected graph.
Consensus and Products of Random Stochastic Matrices: Exact Rate for Convergence in Probability
We now observe that, if the graph Γ(s, t) that collects all the edges that appeared from time t + 1 to time s is disconnected, then all the graphs Gr that appeared from r = t + 1 through r = s belong to some maximal collection H.
Consensus and Products of Random Stochastic Matrices: Exact Rate for Convergence in Probability
Proof of Lemma 10: If all the graph realizations until time k belong to a certain maximal collection H, by definition of a maximal collection, Γ(k, 0) is disconnected with probability 1.
Consensus and Products of Random Stochastic Matrices: Exact Rate for Convergence in Probability
Lemma 16 assures that pmax can be found by relaxing the search space from Π(cid:63) (G ) – the set of maximally disconnected collections, to Π(G ) – the set of all disconnected collections.
Consensus and Products of Random Stochastic Matrices: Exact Rate for Convergence in Probability
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