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

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agglomerative \ ə-​ˈglä-​mə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce agglomerative (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 An account of how the rules have been shaped must begin with antitrust laws, first enacted 128 years ago in the U.S. to prevent the agglomeration of market power. Joseph E. Stiglitz, Scientific American, "The American Economy Is Rigged," 1 Nov. 2018 And a wholesale move out of China looks unfeasible, not least because few other places possess the expertise that agglomerations like Shenzhen have built up over the years. The Economist, "Taiwan’s computing titans are caught up in the US-China tech war," 6 June 2019 Whereas cities like New York and Washington, D.C., are home to entrenched economic agglomerations that keep high-income professionals tethered to them, even in the face of heavy taxation, Kentucky finds itself in a less favorable position. Reihan Salam, The Atlantic, "The GOP’s Public-Education Dilemma," 29 May 2018 Far from being primordial units knit together by a pre-political culture, modern nation-states are agglomerations still displaying the fault-lines of the political struggles that produced them. Daniel Luban, The New Republic, "The Man Behind National Conservatism," 26 July 2019 Don’t expect Silicon Valley to transform itself into an agglomeration of Mozillas anytime soon. The Economist, "What open-source culture can teach tech titans and their critics," 18 July 2019 There’s a desire to mix tall buildings and shorter ones as a way to let sunlight in and keep the agglomeration of new buildings from overwhelming all of us down below. John King,, "Chiseled glass tower offers window into SF’s contradictions," 18 July 2019 The 117-acre agglomeration of shops, restaurants, office buildings, a movie theater, and waterpark, houses a huge network of sensors and video cameras. Fortune, "The European Shopping Center Where Technology’s Future Is Being Tracked Today," 14 July 2019 Senior food engineer Ann Barrett, PhD., showed me a technique called sonic agglomeration. Tyler Kord, Popular Mechanics, "Cooking (and Shrinking) the Modern Combat Ration," 29 June 2019

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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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20 Nov 2019

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“Agglomeration.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of agglomeration

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

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