verb (used with or without object), ag·glom·er·at·ed, ag·glom·er·at·ing.
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Origin of agglomerate
SYNONYMS FOR agglomerate
OTHER WORDS FROM agglomerateag·glom·er·a·tive [uh-glom-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv], /əˈglɒm əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/, adjectiveag·glom·er·a·tor, nounnon·ag·glom·er·a·tive, adjectiveun·ag·glom·er·a·tive, adjective
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What does agglomerate mean?
Agglomerate means to collect or gather into a cluster or mass, especially a messy or jumbled one.
As a verb, agglomerate is typically used in a passive way (as opposed to someone doing the agglomerating), as in Much of the garbage in the ocean has agglomerated into a giant floating mass.
The process of agglomerating is called agglomeration. Agglomeration can also refer to a messy cluster or jumbled collection of various elements. Agglomeration is often used to refer to groupings of miscellaneous things—such as various types of objects or even people—into a single (though often somewhat messy) unit. Agglomerate can also be used as a noun to mean the same thing.
The similar word conglomerate can be used in many of the same ways that agglomerate can, but it doesn’t doesn’t always imply a sense of messiness like agglomerate does. And conglomerate is most commonly used as a noun meaning a large corporation consisting of many companies.
Agglomerate can also be used as an adjective to describe things gathered together into a jumbled mass, as in My desk has become an agglomerate mess.
It can also be used in a few more specific ways. In botany, it’s used as an adjective to describe plant parts that are crowded into a dense cluster but not fully connected. In geology, it’s used as a noun referring to a type of rock composed of volcanic fragments.
Example: I forgot that the art project was due today, so my collage is really just an agglomerate of things I found around the house.
Where does agglomerate come from?
The first records of the word agglomerate come from the 1600s. It comes from the Latin agglomerāre, from glomerāre, meaning “to wind into a ball,” from glomus, meaning “ball” or “mass.”
As a noun, agglomerate refers to a mass of different things that have agglomerated together. A dish made from all the leftovers in the fridge could be called an agglomerate—especially when they don’t quite go together (though that quiche and meatball sandwich was pretty delicious). The United States is sometimes described as an agglomerate of different peoples from different places.
Agglomerate is perhaps more commonly used as a verb. When things agglomerate, they often get lumped together in one big jumble. This often happens through natural processes, such as flotsam agglomerating in the ocean or, slightly less naturally, stuff agglomerating in a big pile at the back of the closet.
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What are some other forms related to agglomerate?
- agglomeration (noun)
- agglomerative (adjective)
- agglomerator (noun)
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How is agglomerate used in real life?
The word agglomerate typically involves a collection or mass of various things in a single unit. It often implies messiness, but this isn’t always negative.
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Example sentences from the Web for agglomerate
It was an agglomerate, a horde, not an army, and nobody but he could have wielded it.The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay|Maurice Hewlett
It is an agglomerate made of pebbles and cement, the pebbles being elongated as if by pressure.Their Pilgrimage|Charles Dudley Warner
Let this be as it may, we found nothing of any value in the agglomerate in which the Egyptians had excavated.Freeland|Theodor Hertzka
The men of the left thought of "the people" as merely the agglomerate of the citizens composing it.
The finer sense detects the differences of them, and begins, first to agglomerate, then to distinguish them.Cratylus|Plato