agglomeration

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

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 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

Other Words from agglomeration

agglomerative \ ə-​ˈglä-​mə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce agglomeration (audio) \ adjective

Examples of agglomeration in a Sentence

This suburb has become just a vast agglomeration of houses, people, and cars. a mere agglomeration of warring tribes, it was far from being a unified nation
Recent Examples on the Web The industry’s reliance on network effects contributes to this agglomeration, says Muro. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 These mines transformed the area into Germany’s great industrial powerhouse, a vast urban agglomeration home to Essen, Dortmund and other manufacturing cities. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 31 Jan. 2022 For some readers today, this agglomeration of personal failings — after such knowledge, what forgiveness? — carries over to a blanket rejection of Eliot’s creative work. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 As much as the characters represent an agglomeration of types, they are well written and the actors invest them with life. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2022 In fact, the museum is an agglomeration of spaces (and, to a degree, of collections) that have evolved over time. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021 In fact, the museum is an agglomeration of spaces (and, to a degree, of collections) that have evolved over time. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021 In fact, the museum is an agglomeration of spaces (and, to a degree, of collections) that have evolved over time. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021 In fact, the museum is an agglomeration of spaces (and, to a degree, of collections) that have evolved over time. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of agglomeration

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for agglomeration

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

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“Agglomeration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agglomeration. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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