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Friday, June 03, 2005

Definitions for agglomeration

  1. The act or process of collecting in a mass; a heaping together.
  2. A jumbled cluster or mass of usually varied elements.

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Citations for agglomeration
Female biologists such as Lynn Margulis have suggested that symbiosis is the origin of complex life and that, if artificial intelligence comes about, it will do so by an agglomeration and binding up of functions, rather than through some Frankensteinian hauling down of a single power switch. Roz Kaveney, New Statesman
Upon closer inspection, it revealed itself to be an agglomeration of differently shaped and colored prescription eyeglasses, inserted into a thin wall built in front of a window. Susan Harris, Art in America
Origin of agglomeration
Agglomeration is the noun form of agglomerate, "to gather into a ball or mass," which derives from the past participle of Latin agglomerare, "to mass together; to heap up," from ad- + glomerare, "to form into a ball," from glomus, glomer-, "ball."