An item of goods or supplies, especially food, obtained for future use.
* Francis Bacon
- making provision for the relief of strangers
The act of providing, or making previous preparation.
- And of provisions laid in large, / For man and beast.
Money set aside for a future event.
(accounting) A liability or contra account to recognise likely future adverse events associated with current transactions.
(legal) A clause in a legal instrument, a law, etc., providing for a particular matter; stipulation; proviso.
- We increased our provision for bad debts on credit sales going into the recession.
(Roman Catholic) Regular induction into a benefice, comprehending nomination, collation, and installation.
(UK, historical) A nomination by the pope to a benefice before it became vacant, depriving the patron of his right of presentation.
- An arrest shall be made in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
To supply with provisions.
A set of items or amount of material procured or gathered together.
* (William Whewell)
- Secondly, I continue to base my concepts on intensive study of a limited suite of collections , rather than superficial study of every packet that comes to hand.
- Collections of moisture.
- A purulent collection .
Multiple related objects associated as a group.
* , chapter=5
Mr. Pratt's Patients
, passage=Of all the queer collections
of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.}}
The activity of collecting.
(topology, analysis) A set of sets.
A gathering of money for charitable or other purposes, as by passing a contribution box for donations.
(obsolete) The act of inferring or concluding from premises or observed facts; also, that which is inferred.
* (John Milton)
(UK) The jurisdiction of a collector of excise.
A set of college exams generally taken at the start of the term.
- We may safely say thus, that wrong collections have been hitherto made out of those words by modern divines.
* collection agency
* collection plate
* take up a collection