agglomerator

agglomerate

[v. uh-glom-uh-reyt; adj., n. uh-glom-er-it, -uh-reyt]
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:
1675–85; < Latin agglomerātus (past participle of agglomerāre), equivalent to ag- ag- + glomer- (stem of glomus ball of yarn) + -ātus -ate1

agglomerative [uh-glom-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] , adjective
agglomerator, noun
nonagglomerative, adjective
unagglomerative, adjective


1. assemble, amass, accumulate.


1. disperse, scatter.
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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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agglomerate
1680s, from L. agglomeratus, pp. of agglomerare "to wind or add onto a ball," from ad- "to" + glomerare "wind up in a ball," from glomus (gen. glomeris) "ball of yarn," from PIE root *glem-.
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