an act or instance of consolidating; the state of being consolidated; unification: consolidation of companies.
solidification; strengthening: consolidation of principles and beliefs.
something that is or has been consolidated; a consolidated whole.
a statutory combination of two or more corporations.
the union of two or more claims or actions at law for trial or appeal.
(initial capital letter) a steam locomotive having a two-wheeled front truck, eight driving wheels, and no rear truck. See table under Whyte classification.
Pathology. the process of becoming solid, as changing of lung tissue from aerated and elastic to firm in certain diseases.
Geology, lithification.

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin consolidātiōn- (stem of consolidātiō), equivalent to Latin consolidāt(us) (see consolidate) + -iōn- -ion

consolidative, adjective
nonconsolidation, noun
preconsolidation, noun
proconsolidation, adjective
reconsolidation, noun
unconsolidation, noun Unabridged
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consolidation (kənˌsɒlɪˈdeɪʃən)
1.  the act of consolidating or state of being consolidated
2.  something that is consolidated or integrated
3.  law
 a.  the combining of two or more actions at law
 b.  the combination of a number of Acts of Parliament into one codifying statute
4.  geology the process, including compression and cementation, by which a loose deposit is transformed into a hard rock
5.  psychol the process in the brain that makes the memory for an event enduring; the process is thought to continue for some time after the event

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from L. consolidationem, from consolidare, from com- "together" + solidare "to make solid," from solidus (see solid).
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Medical Dictionary

consolidation con·sol·i·da·tion (kən-sŏl'ĭ-dā'shən)
The process of becoming a firm solid mass, as in an infected lung when the alveoli are filled with exudate.

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Example sentences
In particular the combination of a continued fiscal stimulus and a credible
  commitment to consolidation struck the right balance.
Consolidation and maintenance therapies follow induction and first remission.
Most of the cuts will be achieved through a consolidation of administrative
  services, the newspaper notes.
If policy mistakes in the form of premature fiscal consolidation are made, the
  process could easily take a decade or more.
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