[n., adj. kuhn-glom-er-it, kuhng-; v. kuhn-glom-uh-reyt, kuhng-]
anything composed of heterogeneous materials or elements.
a corporation consisting of a number of subsidiary companies or divisions in a variety of unrelated industries, usually as a result of merger or acquisition.
Geology. a rock consisting of pebbles or the like embedded in a finer cementing material; consolidated gravel.
gathered into a rounded mass; consisting of parts so gathered; clustered.
consisting of heterogeneous parts or elements.
of or pertaining to a corporate conglomerate.
Geology. of the nature of a conglomerate.
verb (used with object), conglomerated, conglomerating.
to bring together into a cohering mass.
to gather into a ball or rounded mass.
verb (used without object), conglomerated, conglomerating.
to collect or cluster together.
(of a company) to become part of or merge with a conglomerate.

1565–75; < Latin conglomerātus (past participle of conglomerāre), equivalent to con- con- + glomer- (stem of glomus) ball of yarn + -ātus -ate1

conglomeratic [kuhn-glom-uh-rat-ik, kuhng-] , conglomeritic [kuhn-glom-uh-rit-ik, kuhng-] , adjective
deconglomerate, verb, deconglomerated, deconglomerating.
miniconglomerate, noun
pseudoconglomerate, adjective
superconglomerate, noun
unconglomerated, adjective
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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]

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1570s, from L. conglomeratus, pp. of conglomerare "to roll together," from com- "together" + glomerare "to gather into a ball," from glomus (gen. glomeris) "a ball." Noun meaning "large business group" is from 1967.
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conglomerate con·glom·er·ate (kən-glŏm'ər-ĭt)
Gathered or aggregated into a mass.

con·glom'er·a'tion (-ə-rā'shən) n.
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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.
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conglomerate [(kuhn-glom-uhr-uht)]

A corporation with diversified holdings that are acquired through mergers and acquisitions but that are not necessarily related.

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