agglomerate [ verb uh- glom- uh-reyt; adjective, noun uh- glom-er-it, - uh-reyt] Synonyms Word Origin verb (used with or without object), ag·glom·er·at·ed, ag·glom·er·at·ing. to collect or gather into a cluster or mass. gathered together into a cluster or mass. . Botany crowded into a dense cluster, but not cohering. a mass of things clustered together. rock composed of rounded or angular volcanic fragments. Origin of agglomerate 1675–85;
(past participle of
), equivalent to
ball of yarn) +
-ātus -ate 1 Related forms ag·glom·er·a·tive , [ uh- glom- uh-rey-tiv, -er- uh-tiv] /əˈglɒm əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/ adjective ag·glom·er·a·tor, noun non·ag·glom·er·a·tive, adjective un·ag·glom·er·a·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for agglomerator to form or be formed into a mass or cluster; collect noun ( əˈɡlɒmərɪt, -ˌreɪt) a confused mass a rock consisting of angular fragments of volcanic lava Compare conglomerate (def. 2) adjective ( əˈɡlɒmərɪt, -ˌreɪt) formed into a mass Derived Forms agglomeration, noun agglomerative, adjective Word Origin for agglomerate
C17: from Latin
agglomerāre, from glomerāre to wind into a ball, from glomus ball, mass
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Word Origin and History for agglomerator v.
1680s, from Latin
agglomeratus, past participle of agglomerare "to wind or add onto a ball," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + glomerare "wind up in a ball," from glomus (genitive glomeris) "ball of yarn," from PIE root *glem-. Related: Agglomerated; agglomerating.
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