from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause (soil) to form lumps or masses.
- transitive v. To cause (clouds) to form fluffy masses.
- intransitive v. To form lumpy or fluffy masses.
- n. Something that has formed lumpy or fluffy masses.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To collect together in a loose aggregation like flocks (tufts) of wool.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To aggregate into small lumps.
- adj. Furnished with tufts of curly hairs, as some insects.
- transitive v. To convert into floccules or flocculent aggregates; to make granular or crumbly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In entomology, bearing a flocculus or small bunch of curled hairs, as the trochanters of certain bees.
- To form visible loosed light masses, or flocculi, as of clay in soil-water or of nitrogenous substances in milk. The addition of lime or salt causes soil-water to flocculate; ammonia prevents the flocculation or breaks it up. A sheet of uniform stratus cloud often flocculates with numerous cirro-cumulus or alto-cumulus clouds arranged in rank and file.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. form into an aggregated lumpy or fluffy mass
- v. cause to become a fluffy or lumpy aggregate
From Latin flocculus, diminutive of floccus, a flock (tuft). (Wiktionary)