agglomeration

[uh-glom-uh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
a jumbled cluster or mass of varied parts.
2.
the act or process of agglomerating.

Origin:
1765–75; agglomerate + -ion


1. jumble, conglomeration, aggregation, conglomerate, agglomerate, aggregate.
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agglomerate
 
vb
1.  to form or be formed into a mass or cluster; collect
 
n
2.  a confused mass
3.  Compare conglomerate a rock consisting of angular fragments of volcanic lava
 
adj
4.  formed into a mass
 
[C17: from Latin agglomerāre, from glomerāre to wind into a ball, from glomus ball, mass]
 
agglomer'ation
 
n
 
ag'glomerative
 
adj

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agglomeration
1774, "action of collecting in a mass," from L. agglomerationem (nom. agglomeratio), noun of action from pp. stem of agglomerare (see agglomerate). Meaning a mass so formed is recorded from 1833.
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Example sentences
Other essays in the volume focus on the changing nature of agglomeration
  economies.
When transportation costs were higher, there were huge advantages to industrial
  agglomeration.
It was an agglomeration of the absurd with a dash of arcane astronomical fright.
Agglomeration is true of other countries' weapons producers as well.
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