accumulation

noun
ac·​cu·​mu·​la·​tion | \ ə-ˌkyü-m(y)ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce accumulation (audio) \

Definition of accumulation

1 : something that has accumulated or has been accumulated an impressive accumulation of knowledge
2 : the action or process of accumulating something : the state of being or having accumulated the steady accumulation of snow
3 : increase or growth by addition especially when continuous or repeated accumulation of interest

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Examples of accumulation in a Sentence

a vast accumulation of evidence about the dangers of smoking the accumulation of leaves on the ground is proceeding at a much faster rate than my raking

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Third, the country has been consistently intervening in the foreign exchange market to keep its currency weak, with an accumulation of foreign exchange reserves of at least 2% of GDP over the preceding six to 12 months. Jeffrey Sachs For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "China isn't the economic manipulator in this trade war. Trump is," 6 Aug. 2019 About four inches above the main bone layer, in what was thought to be fossil-free rock that could be chipped away, there lay an accumulation of tiny bones. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Discovery of Raptor-Like Dinosaur Adds a New Wrinkle to the Origin of Birds," 11 July 2019 Once-promising treatments that targeted the removal of amyloid plaques, an accumulation of debris on brain tissue that is a key sign of Alzheimer’s, have consumed billions of dollars in vain. Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Colorado Alzheimer’s researchers shift focus after failures; begin testing leukemia medicine as treatment," 6 July 2019 Once-promising treatments that targeted the removal of amyloid plaques, an accumulation of debris on brain tissue that is a key sign of Alzheimer’s, have consumed billions of dollars in vain. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Alzheimer’s research is getting a reboot at small companies focused on the immune system," 5 July 2019 State Department of Public Health regulations state that in the 48 hours before a swim, rainfall needs to stay under a half-inch of accumulation due to the potential impact on water quality, the two organizations said in a statement. Breanne Kovatch, BostonGlobe.com, "Charles River swimming events slated for Saturday canceled for entire summer," 21 June 2019 But even the act of packing and unpacking years of organic accumulation can’t help but alter its alchemy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "L.A. is losing its weird edges to bland, boxy and Instagram-friendly," 20 June 2019 But even the act of packing and unpacking years of organic accumulation can’t help but alter its alchemy. Nita Lelyveld, latimes.com, "L.A. is losing its weird edges to bland, boxy and Instagram-friendly," 20 June 2019 Some snow is also expected throughout the day, with heavy snowfall Friday that could bring up to 9 inches of accumulation near the summit. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "4 climbers stranded on treacherous Mount Rainier route, heavy snow expected," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of accumulation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accumulation

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French accumulacion, borrowed from Latin accumulātiōn-, accumulātiō, from accumulāre "to accumulate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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accumulation

noun
ac·​cu·​mu·​la·​tion | \ ə-ˌkyü-myə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce accumulation (audio) \

Kids Definition of accumulation

1 : an act of collecting or gathering the accumulation of snow
2 : collection sense 2 an accumulation of junk

accumulation

noun
ac·​cu·​mu·​la·​tion

Legal Definition of accumulation

: increase or growth by addition especially when continuous or repeated specifically : an increase in the amount of a fund or property by the continuous addition to it of the income or interest it generates to treat a stock dividend as principal when local law classifies it as income may be deemed an accumulation — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al. — see also accumulation trust at trust

Note: Because they prevent the enjoyment and benefit of wealth, accumulations are deemed contrary to public policy. A provision in a will for an accumulation will be invalidated if found to be unreasonable by the court.

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