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[v. uh-glom-uh-reyt; adj., n. uh-glom-er-it, -uh-reyt] /v. əˈglɒm əˌreɪt; adj., n. əˈglɒm ər ɪt, -əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), agglomerated, agglomerating.
1.
to collect or gather into a cluster or mass.
adjective
2.
gathered together into a cluster or mass.
3.
Botany. crowded into a dense cluster, but not cohering.
noun
4.
a mass of things clustered together.
5.
rock composed of rounded or angular volcanic fragments.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < Latin agglomerātus (past participle of agglomerāre), equivalent to ag- ag- + glomer- (stem of glomus ball of yarn) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
agglomerative
[uh-glom-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /əˈglɒm əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
agglomerator, noun
nonagglomerative, adjective
unagglomerative, adjective
Synonyms
1. assemble, amass, accumulate.
Antonyms
1. disperse, scatter.
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Examples from the web for agglomerate
  • Better drying techniques need to be found so that particles do not agglomerate.
  • Coarser-grained soils tend to be free-flowing and do not agglomerate into clumps.
  • Plastic soils tend to stick to screens and other equipment, and agglomerate into large clumps.
  • In aqueous environment tend to agglomerate due to interparticle magnetic and van-der-Waals attractions.
  • After contact, the wetted particles agglomerate rapidly and fall out of the atmosphere.
British Dictionary definitions for agglomerate

agglomerate

verb (əˈɡlɒməˌreɪt)
1.
to form or be formed into a mass or cluster; collect
noun (əˈɡlɒmərɪt; -ˌreɪt)
2.
a confused mass
3.
a rock consisting of angular fragments of volcanic lava Compare conglomerate (sense 2)
adjective (əˈɡlɒmərɪt; -ˌreɪt)
4.
formed into a mass
Derived Forms
agglomeration, noun
agglomerative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin agglomerāre, from glomerāre to wind into a ball, from glomus ball, mass
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Word Origin and History for agglomerate
v.

1680s, from Latin agglomeratus, past participle of agglomerare "to wind or add onto a ball," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + glomerare "wind up in a ball," from glomus (genitive glomeris) "ball of yarn," from PIE root *glem-. Related: Agglomerated; agglomerating.

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