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Compile \Com*pile"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compiled; p. pr. & vb. n. Compiling.] [F. compiler, fr.L. compilare to plunder, pillage; com- + pilare to plunder. See Pill, v. t., Pillage.]

  1. To put together; to construct; to build. [Obs.]

    Before that Merlin died, he did intend A brazen wall in compass to compile.

  2. To contain or comprise. [Obs.]

    Which these six books compile.

  3. To put together in a new form out of materials already existing; esp., to put together or compose out of materials from other books or documents.

    He [Goldsmith] compiled for the use of schools a History of Rome.

  4. To write; to compose. [Obs.]
    --Sir W. Temple.

  5. (Computers) to process (computer program source code) with a compiler[2] to produce an assembly-language program or an executable program in machine language.


vb. (en-past of: compile)

Usage examples of "compiled".

  Yet the positive institutions of the kings had blended themselves with the public and private manners of the city, some fragments of that venerable jurisprudence ^8 were compiled by the diligence of antiquarians, ^9 and above twenty texts still speak the rudeness of the Pelasgic idiom of the Latins.

Erskine (Bombay Transactions) considers the existing Zendavesta to have been compiled in the time of Ardeschir Babegan.

  But the numberless passages of antiquity which I have seen with my own eyes, are compiled, digested and illustrated by Petavius and Le Clerc, by Beausobre and Mosheim.

  They were, in general, hastily compiled by inferior and now forgotten writers, with the exception of Bishop Watson, whose able apology is rather a general argument, than an examination of misstatements.

The biographers, who, under the reigns of Diocletian and Constantine, composed, or rather compiled, the lives of the Emperors, from Hadrian to the sons of Carus, are usually mentioned under the names of Aelius Spartianus, Julius Capitolinus, Aelius Lampridius, Vulcatius Gallicanus, Trebellius Pollio and Flavius Vopiscus.

The authors of that unequal work have compiled the Sassanian dynasty with erudition and diligence.

  The Ionia, a miscellaneous dictionary of history and fable, was compiled by another empress of the name of Eudocia, who lived in the eleventh century: and the work is still extant in manuscript.

See also the various German editions of the Nibelungen, to which Lachman, with true German perseverance, has compiled a thick volume of various readings.

  They held in their lifeless hands the riches of their fathers, without inheriting the spirit which had created and improved that sacred patrimony: they read, they praised, they compiled, but their languid souls seemed alike incapable of thought and action.

The 'experts' who had compiled the guides had no actual colonial experience and were far too conditioned to stocked storerooms, planetwide resources or frequent supply ship runs.

He sent us ten K of data or so every time he heard of a message batch being compiled for our system.

When Varian gave him the survey tapes she'd compiled, he shook an accusatory finger at the screen.

Carefully edited, carefully selected, compiled from days of recordings with Lars' assistance and the psych-profile of the Great Man to guide them.

So he de-layed his departure, using the time to memorize the weights and sizes of the tires on the list he had compiled on Terra.

You compiled the time maps, and look how valuable they have been already.