- 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 conglomerates
Partly afraid of the Republicans, and partly afraid of the conglomerates (they seek campaign contributions from Citibank too).How Can Dems Be Losing to These Idiots?
October 29, 2014
They have been fighting back, putting pressure on conglomerates like Cargill to harvest oil palms sustainably.Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees
July 11, 2014
Chinese conglomerates gobble up American firms, including Starbucks.Must-Reads: 'The Fat Years,' 'Drifting House,' and 'The Map and the Territory'
Isaac Stone Fish, Anna Clark, Cameron Martin
January 30, 2012
Muds, sands, grits and conglomerates are the predominant types.
The most remarkable deposits are the conglomerates of the Dwyka series.
The rocks along this stream are all sandstones, limestone and conglomerates, with many thin calcite veins.Golden Alaska
Geologists are aware that many ancient sandstones and conglomerates are bound together or colored by iron.Principles of Geology
The narrow foothill belt is composed of Tertiary sandstones that grade into loose sands and conglomerates.The Andes of Southern Peru
- 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 conglomerates
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.