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tr. & intr.v. ag·glom·er·at·ed, ag·glom·er·at·ing, ag·glom·er·ates
To form or collect into a rounded mass.
Gathered into a rounded mass.
1. A confused or jumbled mass; a heap.
2. A volcanic rock consisting of rounded and angular fragments fused together.
[Latin agglomerāre, agglomerāt-, to mass together : ad-, ad- + glomerāre, to form into a ball (from glomus, glomer-, ball).]
ag·glom′er·a′tive (-ə-rā′tĭv, -ər-ə-tĭv) adj.
to form or be formed into a mass or cluster; collect
1. a confused mass
2. (Geological Science) a rock consisting of angular fragments of volcanic lava. Compare conglomerate2
formed into a mass
[C17: from Latin agglomerāre, from glomerāre to wind into a ball, from glomus ball, mass]
ag•glom•er•ate(v. əˈglɒm əˌreɪt; adj., n. -ər ɪt, -əˌreɪt)
v. -at•ed, -at•ing,
adj., n. v.t., v.i.
1. to collect or gather into a cluster or mass.adj.
2. gathered together into a mass.n.
3. a mass of things clustered together.
4. rock composed of rounded or angular volcanic fragments.
[1675–85; < Latin agglomerātus, past participle of agglomerāre to pile up]
ag•glom′er•a`tive (-əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv) adj.
Agglomeratea group or mass of things loosely thrown or huddled together or gathered into a ball or cluster; a mass of volcanic fragments linked through the action of heat.
Examples: an agglomerate of all duchies, 1865; of all facts, 1831; of volcanic fragments.
Past participle: agglomerated
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|Noun||1.||agglomerate - volcanic rock consisting of large fragments fused together|
volcanic rock - extrusive igneous rock solidified near or on the surface of the Earth
|2.||agglomerate - a collection of objects laid on top of each other|
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
compost heap, compost pile - a heap of manure and vegetation and other organic residues that are decaying to become compost
scrapheap - pile of discarded metal
shock - a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field; "corn is bound in small sheaves and several sheaves are set up together in shocks"; "whole fields of wheat in shock"
slagheap - pile of waste matter from coal mining etc
stack - an orderly pile
woodpile - a pile or stack of wood to be used for fuel
stockpile - a storage pile accumulated for future use
|Verb||1.||agglomerate - form into one cluster|
|Adj.||1.||agglomerate - clustered together but not coherent; "an agglomerated flower head"|
collective - forming a whole or aggregate