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v. con·glom·er·at·ed, con·glom·er·at·ing, con·glom·er·ates
1. To form or gather into a mass or whole.
2. To form into or merge with a corporate conglomerate.
To cause to form into a mass or whole.
1. A corporation made up of a number of different companies that operate in diversified fields.
2. A collected heterogeneous mass; a cluster: a conglomerate of color, passion, and artistry.
3. Geology A coarse-grained sedimentary rock consisting of rounded to subangular rock fragments cemented together by hardened silt, clay, calcium carbonate, or similar material.
1. Gathered into a mass; clustered.
2. Geology Made up of loosely cemented heterogeneous material.
[Latin conglomerāre, conglomerāt- : com-, com- + glomerāre, to wind into a ball (from glomus, glomer-, ball).]
con·glom′er·at′ic (-ə-răt′ĭk), con·glom′er·it′ic (-ə-rĭt′ĭk) adj.
1. a thing composed of heterogeneous elements; mass
2. (Geological Science) any coarse-grained sedimentary rock consisting of rounded fragments of rock embedded in a finer matrix. Compare agglomerate3
3. (Commerce) a large corporation consisting of a group of companies dealing in widely diversified goods, services, etc
to form into a cluster or mass
4. made up of heterogeneous elements; massed
5. (Geological Science) (of sedimentary rocks) consisting of rounded fragments within a finer matrix
[C16: from Latin conglomerāre to roll up, from glomerāre to wind into a ball, from glomus ball of thread]
con•glom•er•ate(n., adj. kənˈglɒm ər ɪt, kəŋ-; v. -əˌreɪt)
n., adj., v. -at•ed, -at•ing. n.
1. anything composed of heterogeneous materials or elements.
2. a corporation consisting of a number of subsidiary companies or divisions in a variety of unrelated industries.
3. a rock consisting of pebbles or the like embedded in a finer cementing material; consolidated gravel.adj.
4. consisting of heterogeneous elements.
5. gathered into a rounded mass, or consisting of parts so gathered; clustered.
6. of or pertaining to a corporate conglomerate.v.t.
7. to bring together into a cohering mass.
8. to gather into a rounded mass.v.i.
9. to cluster together.
10. (of a company) to become part of or merge with a conglomerate.
[1565–75; < Latin conglomerātus, past participle of conglomerāre to concentrate =con- con- + glomerāre to form a ball, derivative of glomus, s. glomer- ball of yarn]
con•glom`er•at′ic (-əˈræt ɪk) con•glom`er•it′ic (-əˈrɪt-) adj.
A coarse-grained sedimentary rock that consists of pebbles, gravel, or seashells cemented together by hardened silt, clay, calcium carbonate, or a similar material. See Table at rock.
Conglomeratea mass of separate items collected into a ball; things closely crowded or gathered together into a coherent mass or whole.
Examples: conglomerate of anecdotes; of flowers; of fragments; of fruit and leaves, 1572; of geologists—Lipton, 1970; of gravel and ice, 1856; of useful or useless knowledge, 1864.
Past participle: conglomerated
A type of sedimentary rock made up of pebbles and larger rounded stones, cemented together by sandy material.
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|Noun||1.||conglomerate - a composite rock made up of particles of varying size|
|2.||conglomerate - a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization|
corp, corporation - a business firm whose articles of incorporation have been approved in some state
|Verb||1.||conglomerate - collect or gather; "Journals are accumulating in my office"; "The work keeps piling up"|
increase - become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"
backlog - accumulate and create a backlog
accrete - grow or become attached by accretion; "The story accreted emotion"
drift - be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current; "snow drifting several feet high"; "sand drifting like snow"
|Adj.||1.||conglomerate - composed of heterogeneous elements gathered into a mass; "the conglomerate peoples of New England"|
combined - made or joined or united into one