agglomerate

verb
ag·​glom·​er·​ate | \ə-ˈglä-mə-ˌrāt \
agglomerated; agglomerating

Definition of agglomerate 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

: to gather into a ball, mass, or cluster

agglomerate

adjective
ag·​glom·​er·​ate | \-rət \

Definition of agglomerate (Entry 2 of 3)

: gathered into a ball, mass, or cluster specifically : clustered or growing together but not coherent an agglomerate flower head

agglomerate

noun
ag·​glom·​er·​ate | \-rət \

Definition of agglomerate (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a rock composed of volcanic fragments of various sizes and degrees of angularity

2 : a jumbled mass or collection : agglomeration

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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

The first human brain balls—aka cortical spheroids, aka neural organoids—agglomerated into existence just a few short years ago. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Mini Brains Just Got Creepier—They’re Growing Their Own Veins," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of agglomerate

Verb

1632, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1805, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for agglomerate

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

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agglomerate

transitive verb
ag·​glom·​er·​ate | \ə-ˈgläm-ə-ˌrāt \
agglomerated; agglomerating

Medical Definition of agglomerate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to gather into a ball, mass, or cluster

Other Words from agglomerate

agglomeration \ ə-​ˌgläm-​ə-​ˈrā-​shən \ noun

agglomerate

noun
ag·​glom·​er·​ate | \-rət \

Medical Definition of agglomerate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a jumbled mass or collection probably a virus or agglomerates of a virus— E. A. Steinhaus

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