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a jumbled cluster or mass of varied parts.
the act or process of agglomerating.
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Origin of agglomeration

First recorded in 1765–75; agglomerate + -ion
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What does agglomeration mean?

An agglomeration is 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.

The similar word conglomeration can be used to mean just about the same thing, but it doesn’t always imply a sense of messiness like agglomeration usually does.

Agglomeration can also refer to the process of agglomerating—gathering into a cluster or mass.

Agglomeration is also used in a more specific way in the context of computer programming to refer to a process in which certain tasks are grouped together in code.

Example: I forgot that the art project was due today, so my collage is really just an agglomeration of things I found around the house.

Where does agglomeration come from?

The first records of the word agglomeration come from the 1600s. It ultimately derives from the Latin agglomerāre, from glomerāre, meaning “to wind into a ball,” from glomus, meaning “ball” or “mass.”

An agglomeration is a mass of different things that have been lumped together. A floating mass of flotsam and trash in the ocean is an agglomeration. A machine cobbled together from spare parts is an agglomeration. A dish made from all the leftovers in the fridge could be called an agglomeration—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 agglomeration of different peoples from different places.

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How is agglomeration used in real life?

The word agglomeration often implies messiness, but this isn’t always negative.



Try using agglomeration!

Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of agglomeration?

A. cluster
B. extensive
C. jumble
D. mass

How to use agglomeration in a sentence