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assemblage

[uh-sem-blij; for 3, 4 also French a-sahn-blazh] /əˈsɛm blɪdʒ; for 3, 4 also French a sɑ̃ˈblaʒ/
noun
1.
a group of persons or things gathered or collected; an assembly; collection; aggregate.
2.
the act of assembling; state of being assembled.
3.
Fine Arts.
  1. a sculptural technique of organizing or composing into a unified whole a group of unrelated and often fragmentary or discarded objects.
  2. a work of art produced by this technique.
    Compare collage, found object, ready-made (def 4).
4.
Archaeology. the aggregate of artifacts and other remains found on a site, considered as material evidence in support of a theory concerning the culture or cultures inhabiting it.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; < French; see assemble, -age
Related forms
reassemblage, noun
subassemblage, noun
Can be confused
assemblage, assembly.
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British Dictionary definitions for re-assemblage

assemblage

/əˈsɛmblɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a number of things or persons assembled together; collection; assembly
2.
a list of dishes served at a meal or the dishes themselves
3.
the act or process of assembling or the state of being assembled
4.
(ˌæsəmˈblɑːʒ). a three-dimensional work of art that combines various objects into an integrated whole
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Word Origin and History for re-assemblage

assemblage

n.

c.1704, from French assemblage "gathering, assemblage," from assembler (see assemble). Earlier English words in the same sense include assemblement, assemblance (both late 15c.).

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re-assemblage in Science
assemblage
  (ə-sěm'blĭj)   
A collection of artifacts from a single datable component of an archaeological site. Depending on the site and culture, an assemblage may be associated with a single limited activity, as with stone tools found at a butchering site, or may reflect a broad range of cultural life, as with artifacts found in a communal living site.
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