Collector meaning

kə-lĕktər
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A person employed to collect taxes, duties, or other payments.
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A person who makes a collection, as of stamps.
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An electrode collector.
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A solar collector.
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One that collects.

A dust collector.

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A person or thing that collects.
  • A person whose work is collecting taxes, overdue bills, etc.
  • A person who collects stamps, books, etc. as a hobby.
  • In some transistors, the region or layer of semiconductor material, acting as an electrode, that receives the electric current from the base.
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One side of a bipolar transistor. When the base is pulsed, current flows from the emitter to the collector, or vice versa depending on the design. See drain.
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A person who or thing which collects, or which creates or manages a collection.

He is an avid collector of nineteenth-century postage stamps.

That old piano is just a big dust collector.

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(electronics) The amplified terminal on a bipolar junction transistor.
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A compiler of books; one who collects scattered passages and puts them together in one book.
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(historical) One holding a Bachelor of Arts in Oxford, formerly appointed to superintend some scholastic proceedings in Lent.

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A person who is employed to collect payments.

She works for the government as a tax collector.

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Origin of collector

  • From Anglo-Norman collectour, from Late Latin collector, from Latin colligere ("to gather together", past participle collectus), from com- (together) + legare (to choose), from Proto-Indo-European *leg- (“to pick out, select”) (Watkins, 1969)

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