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 for collation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Collation \Col*la"tion\, n. [OE. collacioun speech, conference,
     reflection, OF. collacion, F. collation, fr. L. collatio a
     bringing together, comparing, fr. collatum (used as the
     supine of conferre); col- + latium (used as the supine of
     ferre to bear), for tlatum. See Tolerate, v. t.]
     1. The act of collating or comparing; a comparison of one
        copy er thing (as of a book, or manuscript) with another
        of a like kind; comparison, in general. --Pope.
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     2. (Print.) The gathering and examination of sheets
        preparatory to binding.
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     3. The act of conferring or bestowing. [Obs.]
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              Not by the collation of the king . . . but by the
              people.                               --Bacon.
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     4. A conference. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     5. (Eccl. Law) The presentation of a clergyman to a benefice
        by a bishop, who has it in his own gift.
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     6. (Law)
        (a) The act of comparing the copy of any paper with its
            original to ascertain its conformity.
        (b) The report of the act made by the proper officers.
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     7. (Scots Law) The right which an heir has of throwing the
        whole heritable and movable estates of the deceased into
        one mass, and sharing it equally with others who are of
        the same degree of kindred.
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     Note: This also obtains in the civil law, and is found in the
           code of Louisiana. --Bouvier.
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     8. (Eccles.) A collection of the Lives of the Fathers or
        other devout work read daily in monasteries.
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     9. A light repast or luncheon; as, a cold collation; -- first
        applied to the refreshment on fast days that accompanied
        the reading of the collation in monasteries.
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              A collation of wine and sweetmeats.   --Whiston.
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     Collation of seals (Old Law), a method of ascertaining the
        genuineness of a seal by comparing it with another known
        to be genuine. --Bouvier.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Collation \Col*la"tion\, v. i.
     To partake of a collation. [Obs.]
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           May 20, 1658, I . . . collationed in Spring Garden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a light informal meal [syn: bite, collation, snack]
      2: assembling in proper numerical or logical sequence
      3: careful examination and comparison to note points of

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  46 Moby Thesaurus words for "collation":
     allocation, allotment, apportionment, arrangement, array, arraying,
     ascertainment, assurance, bite, certification, check, checking,
     collocation, comparative scrutiny, confirmation, constitution,
     cross-check, deployment, determination, disposal, disposition,
     distribution, ensuring, establishment, form, formation,
     formulation, light lunch, light meal, light repast, marshaling,
     nosh, order, ordering, placement, reassurance, reassurement,
     refreshments, regimentation, snack, spot of lunch, structuring,
     substantiation, syntax, validation, verification

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COLLATION, descents. A term used in the laws of Louisiana. Collation -of 
  goods is the supposed or real return to the mass of the succession, which an 
  heir makes of the property he received in advance of his share or otherwise, 
  in order that such property may be divided, together with the other effects 
  of the succession. Civil Code of Lo. art. 1305. 
       2. As the object of collation is to equalize the heirs, it follows that 
  those things are excluded from collation, which the heir acquired by an 
  onerous title from the ancestor, that is, where he gave a valuable 
  consideration for them. And upon the same principle, if a co-heir claims no 
  share of the estate, he is not bound to collate. Qui non vult hereditatem, 
  non cogitur ad collationem. See Id. art. 1305 to 1367; And @Hotchpot. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COLLATION, eccl. law. The act by which the bishop, who has the bestowing of 
  a benefice, gives it to an incumbent. T. L. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COLLATION, practice. The comparison of a copy with its original, in order to 
  ascertain its correctness and conformity; the report of the officer who made 
  the comparison, is also called a collation. 

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