Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To form or gather into a mass or whole.
  • intransitive v. To form into or merge with a corporate conglomerate.
  • transitive v. To cause to form into a mass or whole.
  • n. A corporation made up of a number of different companies that operate in diversified fields.
  • n. A collected heterogeneous mass; a cluster: a city-suburban conglomerate; a conglomerate of color, passion, and artistry.
  • n. Geology A rock consisting of pebbles and gravel embedded in cement.
  • adj. Gathered into a mass; clustered.
  • adj. Geology Made up of loosely cemented heterogeneous material.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cluster of heterogeneous things.
  • n. A corporation formed by the combination of several smaller corporations whose activities are unrelated to the corporation's primary activity.
  • n. A rock consisting of gravel or pebbles embedded in a matrix.
  • adj. Clustered together into a mass.
  • v. To combine together into a larger mass.
  • v. To combine together into a larger corporation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Gathered into a ball or a mass; collected together; concentrated.
  • adj. Closely crowded together; densly clustered.
  • adj. Composed of stones, pebbles, or fragments of rocks, cemented together.
  • n. That which is heaped together in a mass or conpacted from various sources; a mass formed of fragments; collection; accumulation.
  • n. A rock, composed or rounded fragments of stone cemented together by another mineral substance, either calcareous, siliceous, or argillaceous; pudding stone; -- opposed to agglomerate. See Breccia.
  • transitive v. To gather into a ball or round body; to collect into a mass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To gather into a ball or round body; collect into a round mass.
  • To bring together into a mass or heap; collect and form into a whole, without regard to congruity or homogeneity; form a conglomeration of.
  • Gathered into a ball or round body; collected or clustered together.
  • In botany, densely clustered.
  • In entomology, gathered irregularly in one or more spots, instead of being distributed evenly over the surface: said of hairs, punctures, dots, etc.
  • Composed of heterogeneous or incongruous materials; conglomerated.
  • n. In geology, a rock made up of the rounded and water-worn debris of previously existing rocks, consisting, at least in part, of fragments large enough to be called pebbles. Also called conglomerate rock.
  • n. Anything composed of heterogeneous or incongruous materials.

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

  • v. collect or gather
  • adj. composed of heterogeneous elements gathered into a mass
  • n. a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization
  • n. a composite rock made up of particles of varying size

Etymologies

Latin conglomerāre, conglomerāt- : com-, com- + glomerāre, to wind into a ball (from glomus, glomer-, ball).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • *** Transportation Hitachi, the Japanese technology conglomerate, is in talks with firms in India and Brazil with the aim of finding local partners for tie-ups in railway operations within a year, a senior company executive said, as it looks to take on more powerful European and North American rivals.

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  • PT Indo Tirta Suaka, a pig farm owned by Indonesia's biggest conglomerate, is taking methane released from manure and turning it into power.

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  • Uranium One, a Canadian company mired in controversy over its proposed purchase by a Russian mining conglomerate, is divesting itself of its Colorado mining interests because of "all the politics and all the local sentiment" against uranium mining in the state, an executive told the Colorado Independent recently.

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  • Gannett, the nation's most predatory newspaper conglomerate, is still trying to take over the rack distribution business.

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  • LONDON -- CVC Capital Partners Ltd. bought a 25.1% stake in German conglomerate Evonik Industries AG, paying €2.4 billion ($3.73 billion), people familiar with the situation said.

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