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amalgamation

[uh-mal-guh-mey-shuh n] /əˌmæl gəˈmeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of amalgamating.
2.
the state or result of being amalgamated.
3.
Commerce. a consolidation of two or more corporations.
4.
Metallurgy. the extraction of precious metals from their ores by treatment with mercury.
Origin of amalgamation
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; amalgam + -ation
Related forms
preamalgamation, noun
reamalgamation, noun
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  • It was a fit moment for amalgamation, and this was accomplished in 1856 by Mr. Hiram Sibley.

  • Nor will modern languages be easily broken up by amalgamation with each other.

    Cratylus Plato
  • The company was formed by an amalgamation of Oxford's and Worcester's Men in 1602.

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    Joseph Quincy Adams
  • This is reflected in the terms of amalgamation with the Great Western Company.

    The Story of the Cambrian C. P. Gasquoine
  • What was the result of the amalgamation will form the subject of the next chapter.

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    Znade A. Ragozin
  • I tumbled to it from the first that this was a great proposition, this amalgamation of Labour.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He began by the amalgamation of some tea plantations in Assam.

British Dictionary definitions for amalgamation

amalgamation

/əˌmælɡəˈmeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the action or process of amalgamating
2.
the state of being amalgamated
3.
a method of extracting precious metals from their ores by treatment with mercury to form an amalgam
4.
(commerce) another word for merger (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for amalgamation
n.

1610s, noun of action from archaic amalgam (v.) "to alloy with mercury" (see amalgamate). Figurative, non-chemical sense of "a combining into one uniform whole" is attested from 1775.

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