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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Collector \Col*lect"or\, n. [LL. collector one who collects: cf.
1. One who collects things which are separate; esp., one who
makes a business or practice of collecting works of art,
objects in natural history, etc.; as, a collector of
I digress into Soho to explore a bookstall. Methinks
I have been thirty years a collector. --Lamb.
2. A compiler of books; one who collects scattered passages
and puts them together in one book.
Volumes without the collector's own reflections.
3. (Com.) An officer appointed and commissioned to collect
and receive customs, duties, taxes, or toll.
A great part of this is now embezzled . . . by
collectors, and other officers. --Sir W.
4. One authorized to collect debts.
5. A bachelor of arts in Oxford, formerly appointed to
superintend some scholastic proceedings in Lent. --Todd.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a person who collects things [syn: collector,
2: a person who is employed to collect payments (as for rent or
taxes) [syn: collector, gatherer, accumulator]
3: a crater that has collected cosmic material hitting the earth
4: the electrode in a transistor through which a primary flow of
carriers leaves the region between the electrodes
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
114 Moby Thesaurus words for "collector":
accumulator, addict, admirer, amateur, arbiter,
arbiter elegantiarum, arbiter of taste, aspirant, aspirer,
authority, base, beg, beglerbeg, bey, bill collector, bon vivant,
booster, buff, bug, burgrave, candidate, cognoscente,
collection agent, connaisseur, connoisseur, coveter, critic, demon,
desirer, devotee, dey, dilettante, douanier, dunner, eager beaver,
emitter, energumen, enthusiast, eparch, epicure, epicurean, exarch,
exciseman, expert, faddist, fan, fanatic, fancier, farmer, fiend,
filamentary transistor, follower, freak, gatherer, gauleiter,
germanium crystal triode, good judge, gourmand, gourmet, governor,
governor-general, great one for, groupie, hankerer, hobbyist,
hook-collector transistor, hopeful, hound, idolater, idolizer,
infatuate, judge, khedive, lieutenant governor, lover, magpie,
maven, miser, nabob, nawab, nut, pack rat, palatine,
point-contact transistor, proconsul, provincial, pursuer,
refined palate, rhapsodist, rooter, satrap, solicitant, spacistor,
stadtholder, subahdar, sucker for, suitor, tax collector, tetrarch,
tetrode transistor, transistor, unipolar transistor, vali,
vice-king, viceroy, virtuoso, visionary, votary, wali, wanter,
wisher, worshiper, yearner, zealot
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
COLLECTOR, officer. One appointed to receive taxes or other impositions; as
collector of taxes; collector of militia fines, &c. A collector is also a
person appointed by a private person to collect the credits due him. Metc. &
Perk. Dig. h.t.
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