from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of assembling.
  • noun The state of being assembled.
  • noun A group of persons gathered together for a common reason, as for a legislative, religious, educational, or social purpose.
  • noun The lower house of the legislature in certain US states.
  • noun The putting together of manufactured parts to make a completed product, such as a machine or electronic circuit.
  • noun A set of parts so assembled.
  • noun A signal by bugle or drum for troops to come together in formation.
  • noun Computers The automatic translation of symbolic code into machine code.
  • noun Computers An assembly language.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of assembling, or the state of being assembled or gathered together.
  • noun A company of persons gathered together in the same place, and usually for the same purpose, whether religious, political, educational, or social; an assemblage.
  • noun Specifically— The name given to the lower house of the legislature in several of the United States and in some of the British colonies. A company of persons of both sexes met for dancing; a ball; especially, a ball the expenses of which are defrayed by the subscriptions of those who take part in it.
  • noun Milit.: The second beating of the drum before a march, upon which the soldiers strike their tents. A drum-beat or bugle-call to bring troops together at an appointed place.
  • noun An assemblage or collection of inanimate objects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A company of persons collected together in one place, and usually for some common purpose, esp. for deliberation and legislation, for worship, or for social entertainment.
  • noun obsolete A collection of inanimate objects.
  • noun (Mil.) A beat of the drum or sound of the bugle as a signal to troops to assemble.
  • noun a room in which persons assemble, especially for dancing.
  • noun (Law) a meeting of three or more persons on a common plan, in such a way as to cause a reasonable apprehension that they will disturb the peace tumultuously.
  • noun a convocation, consisting chiefly of divines, which, by act of Parliament, assembled July 1, 1643, and remained in session some years. It framed the “Confession of Faith,” the “Larger Catechism,” and the “Shorter Catechism,” which are still received as authority by Presbyterians, and are substantially accepted by Congregationalists.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A set of pieces that work together in unison as a mechanism or device.
  • noun A congregation of people in one place for a purpose
  • noun A legislative body
  • noun computing assembly language
  • noun computing In Microsoft .NET, a building block of an application, similar to a DLL, but containing both executable code and information normally found in a DLL's type library. The type library information in an assembly, called a manifest, describes public functions, data, classes, and version information.

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

  • noun a public facility to meet for open discussion
  • noun a unit consisting of components that have been fitted together
  • noun a group of persons who are gathered together for a common purpose
  • noun a group of machine parts that fit together to form a self-contained unit
  • noun the social act of assembling
  • noun the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery)


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English assemblee, from Anglo-Norman asemblee (Old French asemblee, French assemblée).


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word assembly.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.