Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending toward, concerning, or characteristic of agglutination.
  • adj. Of or being a language characterized by agglutination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sticky, tacky, adhesive.
  • adj. Having words derived by combining parts, each with a separate meaning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to agglutination; tending to unite, or having power to cause adhesion; adhesive.
  • adj. Formed or characterized by agglutination, as a language or a compound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending or having power to agglutinate or unite; having power to cause adhesion: as, an agglutinative substance.
  • In philology, exhibiting or characterized by the formative process known as agglutination; agglutinate (which see): as, an agglutinative language.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. united as if by glue
  • adj. forming derivative or compound words by putting together constituents each of which expresses a single definite meaning

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Examples

  • Human languages fall into four groups: inflecting ones as in Anglo-American, positional as in Chinese, agglutinative as in Old Turkish, polysynthetic (sentence units) as in Eskimo-to which, of course, we now add alien structures as wildly odd and as nearly impossible for the human brain as non-repetitive or emergent Venetian.

    Double Star

  • It belongs to the class of languages called agglutinative, common to the Tauranian race; i.e., it consists of words "glued together," without declension of conjugation.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 'Scruff' Mackenzie's two years had taught him the not many hundred words of their vocabulary, and he had likewise conquered their deep gutturals, their Japanese idioms, constructions, and honorific and agglutinative particles.

    The Son of the Wolf

  • That's one of their compensations for being agglutinative.

    CHAPTER 21

  • ` Scruff 'Mackenzie's two years had taught him the not many hundred words of their vocabulary, and he had likewise conquered their deep gutturals, their Japanese idioms, constructions, and honorific and agglutinative particles.

    The Sun of the Wolf

  • Sumerian is agglutinative, which means that phonetically unchanging words and particles are joined together to form phrases.

    The Whisperers

  • Etruscan is an agglutinative language however and so one sometimes finds more case endings attached to postpositions which are already attached to case endings!

    Grammar of Etrusco-Lemnian nouns

  • Kazakh is an agglutinative language, and it employs vowel harmony.

    Christmas shopping with the sliding US dollar

  • It is probably not an accident that the agglutinative languages all seem to have been instigated by committees, and the crystallization languages by a single person.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • Embrace her bashfully by almeans at my frank incensive and tell her in your semiological agglutinative yez, how Idos be asking after her.

    Finnegans Wake

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