[uh-sem-blij; for 3, 4 also French a-sahn-blazh]
a group of persons or things gathered or collected; an assembly; collection; aggregate.
the act of assembling; state of being assembled.
Fine Arts.
a sculptural technique of organizing or composing into a unified whole a group of unrelated and often fragmentary or discarded objects.
a work of art produced by this technique. Compare collage, found object, ready-made ( def 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.

1695–1705; < French; see assemble, -age

reassemblage, noun
subassemblage, noun

assemblage, assembly. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
assemblage (əˈsɛmblɪdʒ)
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.  a three-dimensional work of art that combines various objects into an integrated whole

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Word Origin & History

c.1704, from Fr. assemblage "gathering, assemblage," from assembler (see assemble).
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Science Dictionary
assemblage   (ə-sěm'blĭj)  Pronunciation Key 
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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