agglomerate

1 of 3

verb

ag·​glom·​er·​ate ə-ˈglä-mə-ˌrāt How to pronounce agglomerate (audio)
agglomerated; agglomerating

transitive verb

: to gather into a ball, mass, or cluster

agglomerate

2 of 3

adjective

ag·​glom·​er·​ate ə-ˈglä-mə-rət How to pronounce agglomerate (audio)
: gathered into a ball, mass, or cluster
specifically : clustered or growing together but not coherent
an agglomerate flower head

agglomerate

3 of 3

noun

ag·​glom·​er·​ate ə-ˈglä-mə-rət How to pronounce agglomerate (audio)
1
: a rock composed of volcanic fragments of various sizes and degrees of angularity
2
: a jumbled mass or collection : agglomeration

Examples of agglomerate in a Sentence

Verb breakfast cereal consisting of agglomerated clusters of wheat, rice, and nuts stays crunchy in milk Noun the Holy Roman Empire was an ever-varying agglomerate of central European states that managed to survive for 1,000 years
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
In those days, nearly all hemophiliacs were HIV-positive because they were infused repeatedly with blood products agglomerated from thousands of donors—none of whom were screened for HIV until the mid- to late 1980s. Bruce D. Walker, Scientific American, 1 July 2012 The current autonomous mobility systems for planetary exploration are wheeled rovers, limited to flat, gently-sloping terrains and agglomerate regolith. IEEE Spectrum, 5 Mar. 2021 But Krugman leads us further astray by agglomerating his data by state without noting the finer demographic points that might tell a different story. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, 10 Dec. 2019 The first human brain balls—aka cortical spheroids, aka neural organoids—agglomerated into existence just a few short years ago. Megan Molteni, WIRED, 3 Apr. 2018
Noun
The merger between Penguin Random House (itself an agglomerate of two giant publishing corporations) and Simon & Schuster, for example, came as a result of the publishing industry’s ongoing struggles with Amazon. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 22 Dec. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

borrowed from Latin agglomerātus, past participle of agglomerāre "to heap up, mass together, join forces," from ad- ad- + glomerāre "to form into a ball, collect into a mass," verbal derivative of glomer-, glomus "ball-shaped mass" — more at clam entry 1

Adjective

borrowed from Latin agglomerātus, past participle of agglomerāre "to heap up, mass together" — more at agglomerate entry 1

Noun

borrowed from Latin agglomerātus, past participle of agglomerāre "to heap up, mass together" — more at agglomerate entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

1632, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1805, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of agglomerate was in 1632

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Cite this Entry

“Agglomerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agglomerate. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

agglomerate

1 of 2 verb
ag·​glom·​er·​ate ə-ˈgläm-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce agglomerate (audio)
agglomerated; agglomerating
: to gather into a ball, mass, or cluster

agglomerate

2 of 2 noun
ag·​glom·​er·​ate ə-ˈgläm-ə-rət How to pronounce agglomerate (audio)
1
: a jumbled mass or collection
2
: a rock composed of volcanic pieces of various sizes

Medical Definition

agglomerate

1 of 2 transitive verb
ag·​glom·​er·​ate ə-ˈgläm-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce agglomerate (audio)
agglomerated; agglomerating
: to gather into a ball, mass, or cluster
agglomeration noun

agglomerate

2 of 2 noun
ag·​glom·​er·​ate -rət How to pronounce agglomerate (audio)
: a jumbled mass or collection
probably a virus or agglomerates of a virusE. A. Steinhaus

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