agglomeration

noun ag·glom·er·a·tion \ ə-ˌglä-mə-ˈrā-shən \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

Definition of agglomeration

1 : the action or process of collecting in a mass
  • the agglomeration of matter into stars and galaxies
2 : a heap or cluster of usually disparate (see disparate 1) elements
  • … an agglomeration of 100-year-old cottages with gingerbread scroll-saw ornamentation.
  • —Ira Henry Freeman
3 : a large, densely and contiguously populated area consisting of a city and its suburbs
  • an urban agglomeration

agglomerative

play \-ˈglä-mə-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of agglomeration in a Sentence

  1. This suburb has become just a vast agglomeration of houses, people, and cars.

  2. a mere agglomeration of warring tribes, it was far from being a unified nation

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Origin and Etymology of agglomeration

borrowed from Medieval Latin agglomerātiōn-, agglomerātiō, from Latin agglomerāre "to 1agglomerate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns


AGGLOMERATION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of agglomeration for English Language Learners

  • : a large group, collection, or pile of different things



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