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1. The act of amalgamating or the condition resulting from this act.
2. A consolidation or merger, as of several corporations.
3. The production of a metal alloy of mercury.
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1. the action or process of amalgamating
2. the state of being amalgamated
3. (Metallurgy) a method of extracting precious metals from their ores by treatment with mercury to form an amalgam
4. (Commerce) commerce another word for merger1
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(əˌmæl gəˈmeɪ ʃən)

1. the act or process of amalgamating.
2. the state or result of being amalgamated.
3. the extraction of precious metals from their ores by treatment with mercury.
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(See also MIXTURE.)

curate’s egg Any amalgam of good and bad features; any combination of assets and liabilities, strengths and weaknesses, pros and cons, etc. This British term dates from an 1895 Punch cartoon in which a deferential, diplomatic curate, unwilling to acknowledge before his bishop that he had been served a bad egg, insisted that “Parts of it are excellent!” The expression curate’s egg came into vogue almost immediately, and still enjoys considerable popularity.

All the same it is a curate’s egg of a book. While the whole may be somewhat stale and addled, it would be unfair not to acknowledge the merits of some of its parts. (Oxford Magazine, November 22, 1962)

melting pot A place where the assimilation of racial groups and ethnic cultures occurs; the amalgamation of qualities or concepts, resulting in an improved or unprecedented end-product. This expression alludes to a large cauldron where dissimilar ingredients are blended to form a distinctive mixture. In the United States, the phrase often refers to the ongoing assimilation of vastly different immigrants into the mainstream of American society. Nonetheless, melting pot often carries its meaning of a medley of heterogeneous elements combined into a single work or idea; this concept is illustrated in the American Guide Series: Connecticut, as cited by Webster’s Third:

The architectural melting pot is seen in the tall Romanesque columns, the Gothic hammer-vault roofing. …

portmanteau word See LANGUAGE.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amalgamation - the combination of two or more commercial companiesamalgamation - the combination of two or more commercial companies
consolidation, integration - the act of combining into an integral whole; "a consolidation of two corporations"; "after their consolidation the two bills were passed unanimously"; "the defendants asked for a consolidation of the actions against them"
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Something produced by mixing:
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[əˌmælgəˈmeɪʃən] Namalgamiento m (Comm) → fusión f
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[əˌmælgəˈmeɪʃən] n
[styles, groups, communities] → fusion f; [ideas, features] → mélange m
[organizations, companies] → fusion famalgam filling namalgame m
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n (of companies etc)Fusion f; (of metals)Amalgamation f
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[əˌmælgəˈmeɪʃn] n (see vb) → amalgamazione f, fusione f
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References in classic literature ?
What about the amalgamation of classes?" said Oblonsky.
You'll say again that I'm a reactionist, or some other terrible word; but all the same it does annoy and anger me to see on all sides the impoverishing of the nobility to which I belong, and, in spite of the amalgamation of classes, I'm glad to belong.
The amalgamation of various tribes, and of white men of every nation, will in time produce hybrid races like the mountain Tartars of the Caucasus.
The result was a partial amalgamation of the blacks, whites and yellows, the result of which is shown in the present splendid race of red men.
To put an end to these sordid and ruinous contentions, several of the principal merchants of Montreal entered into a partnership in the winter of 1783, which was augmented by amalgamation with a rival company in 1787.
"The change I mean is an amalgamation with the Infirmary, so that the New Hospital shall be regarded as a special addition to the elder institution, having the same directing board.
He mentioned that there was an opportunity for a great amalgamation and monopoly of the corn and seed trade on those premises, if enlarged, such as had never occurred before in that, or any other neighbourhood.
* Even as late as 1907, it was considered that eleven groups dominated the country, but this number was reduced by the amalgamation of the five railroad groups into a supreme combination of all the railroads.
'The ball-nights in Ba-ath are moments snatched from paradise; rendered bewitching by music, beauty, elegance, fashion, etiquette, and--and--above all, by the absence of tradespeople, who are quite inconsistent with paradise, and who have an amalgamation of themselves at the Guildhall every fortnight, which is, to say the least, remarkable.
In connection with the rest of the group of very able young men he had drawn up a scheme for the education of labor, for the amalgamation of the middle class and the working class, and for a joint assault of the two bodies, combined in the Society for the Education of Democracy, upon Capital.
But, of this, there is no doubt: that, the kettle and the Cricket, at one and the same moment, and by some power of amalgamation best known to themselves, sent, each, his fireside song of comfort streaming into a ray of the candle that shone out through the window, and a long way down the lane.
When the ore is brought to the mill, it is ground into an impalpable powder; the process of washing removes all the lighter particles, and amalgamation finally secures the gold-dust.