agglomeration

noun

ag·​glom·​er·​a·​tion ə-ˌglä-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce agglomeration (audio)
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 sense 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 adjective

Examples of agglomeration in a Sentence

This suburb has become just a vast agglomeration of houses, people, and cars. the bedroom community became a vast agglomeration of houses, schools, and small shops
Recent Examples on the Web As China experimented with markets and special economic zones in its coastal cities, agglomeration economies that resulted from the reduction of barriers to capital established themselves. Simon Curtis and Ian Klaus, Foreign Affairs, 27 Nov. 2023 The latest spectacle, observed by the James Webb Space Telescope, is an agglomeration of nearly 150 free-floating objects amid the Orion Nebula, not far in mass from Jupiter. Jonathan O’Callaghan, New York Times, 2 Oct. 2023 In the flesh, the document is an agglomeration of misinformation, platitudes and premasticated nostrums. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2023 Intricate embroidery and theatrical agglomerations of fabric are by nature excessive and inefficient, serving no particular purpose beyond simply being a beautiful, special thing. Rachel Wetzler, New York Times, 10 July 2023 Museums certainly depend on agglomerations of wealth to build collections and sustain their mission, and artists are no strangers to greed. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 6 June 2023 As much as the characters represent an agglomeration of types, they are well written and the actors invest them with life. Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2023 When World War II erupted in Europe in September 1939, members of the emergent foreign policy establishment—a loose agglomeration of East Coast lawyers, businessmen, and bureaucrats—recognized that the United States would come out of the war more powerful than ever before. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, 21 Oct. 2020 Located in the Gauteng province, Johannesburg is one of the world’s largest 50 urban agglomerations and contributes roughly 40% to South Africa’s GDP. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 24 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of agglomeration was in 1661

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Cite this Entry

“Agglomeration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agglomeration. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

agglomeration

noun
ag·​glom·​er·​a·​tion ə-ˌgläm-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce agglomeration (audio)
1
: the action or process of collecting in a mass
2
: a heap or cluster of dissimilar elements
agglomerative adjective
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