|1.||a thing composed of heterogeneous elements; mass|
|2.||Compare agglomerate any coarse-grained sedimentary rock consisting of rounded fragments of rock embedded in a finer matrix|
|3.||a large corporation consisting of a group of companies dealing in widely diversified goods, services, etc|
|4.||to form into a cluster or mass|
|5.||made up of heterogeneous elements; massed|
|6.||(of sedimentary rocks) consisting of rounded fragments within a finer matrix|
|[C16: from Latin conglomerāre to roll up, from glomerāre to wind into a ball, from glomus ball of thread]|
conglomerate con·glom·er·ate (kən-glŏm'ər-ĭt)
Gathered or aggregated into a mass.
|conglomerate (kən-glŏm'ə-rāt') Pronunciation Key
A coarse-grained sedimentary rock consisting of round rock fragments cemented together by hardened silt, clay, calcium carbonate, or a similar material. The fragments (known as clasts) have a diameter of at least 2 mm (0.08 inches), vary in composition and origin, and may include pebbles, cobbles, boulders, or fossilized seashells. Conglomerates often form through the transportation and deposition of sediments by streams, alluvial fans, and glaciers.