- 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 relating to a corporate conglomerate.
- Geology. of the nature of a conglomerate.
- to bring together into a cohering mass.
- to gather into a ball or rounded mass.
- to collect or cluster together.
- (of a company) to become part of or merge with a conglomerate.
Origin of conglomerate
Examples from the Web for conglomerate
And that conglomerate also owns nearly 70 percent of the Rossing uranium mine in Namibia.McCain Helps a Business Partner of Iran
November 13, 2014
A major backer for one Britton Holdings investment is a Chinese conglomerate active in the energy sector.Jeb Bush’s Risky Business
July 24, 2014
We already saw what happens to him when a conglomerate attempts to give him massive amounts of money.Dave Chappelle’s Triumphant Return to New York City
June 19, 2014
Under his tenure, BP also gained access to Russian oil reserves with the creation of the conglomerate TNK-BP.BP, Putin, and the Power of Oil
March 9, 2014
He wants the conglomerate to spin off its entertainment business to liberate what he views as locked-up financial value.Japan’s Fiscal Crossroads: Will Abenomics Mean Tougher Changes?
July 26, 2013
Without the breakers, no pebbles; without the pebbles, no conglomerate.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
And into this conglomerate of the races, Ah Chun introduced the Mongolian mixture.The House of Pride
Were just little indistinguishable bits of the conglomerate Tommy.The Rough Road
William John Locke
Pebbles of the conglomerate are mainly quartz and quartzite.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
The congregation seemed to him conglomerate, a jumble of conflicting elements.The Brentons
Anna Chapin Ray
- a thing composed of heterogeneous elements; mass
- any coarse-grained sedimentary rock consisting of rounded fragments of rock embedded in a finer matrixCompare agglomerate (def. 3)
- a large corporation consisting of a group of companies dealing in widely diversified goods, services, etc
- to form into a cluster or mass
- made up of heterogeneous elements; massed
- (of sedimentary rocks) consisting of rounded fragments within a finer matrix
Word Origin and History for conglomerate
1570s, from Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare "to roll together," from com- "together" (see com-) + glomerare "to gather into a ball," from glomus (genitive glomeris) "a ball," from PIE root *glem-.
"large business group," 1967, from conglomerate (adj.).
1590s, from Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare (see conglomerate (adj.)). Related: Conglomerated; conglomerating.
- Gathered or aggregated into a mass.
- 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.