amalgamate

[uh-mal-guh-meyt]
verb (used with object), a·mal·ga·mat·ed, a·mal·ga·mat·ing.
  1. to mix or merge so as to make a combination; blend; unite; combine: to amalgamate two companies.
  2. Metallurgy. to mix or alloy (a metal) with mercury.
verb (used without object), a·mal·ga·mat·ed, a·mal·ga·mat·ing.
  1. to combine, unite, merge, or coalesce: The three schools decided to amalgamate.
  2. to blend with another metal, as mercury.

Origin of amalgamate

1635–45 amalgam + -ate1
Related formsa·mal·ga·ma·ble, adjectivea·mal·ga·ma·tive, adjectivea·mal·ga·ma·tor, nounre·a·mal·ga·mate, verb, re·at·ed, re·at·ing.un·a·mal·ga·ma·ble, adjectiveun·a·mal·ga·mat·ed, adjectiveun·a·mal·ga·mat·ing, adjectiveun·a·mal·ga·ma·tive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for amalgamator

Historical Examples of amalgamator

  • Some manufacturers use an amalgamator to distribute these uniformly through the soap, which eliminates at least one milling.

    Soap-Making Manual

    E. G. Thomssen

  • He had heard the amalgamator, and whirled like lightning and dashed out of the mill and into the darkness.


British Dictionary definitions for amalgamator

amalgamate

verb
  1. to combine or cause to combine; unite
  2. to alloy (a metal) with mercury
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Word Origin and History for amalgamator

amalgamate

v.

1650s, back-formation from amalgamation, or from adjective amalgamate (1640s) from amalgam. Originally in metallurgy; figurative sense of "to unite" (races, etc.) is attested from 1802. Related: Amalgamated; amalgamating. Earlier verb was amalgamen (1540s).

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