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

  • transitive v. To form or collect into a rounded mass.
  • adj. Gathered into a rounded mass.
  • n. A confused or jumbled mass; a heap.
  • n. A volcanic rock consisting of rounded and angular fragments fused together.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Collected into a ball, heap, or mass.
  • n. A collection or mass.
  • n. A mass of angular volcanic fragments united by heat; distinguished from conglomerate.
  • n. An ice cover of floe formed by the freezing together of various forms of ice.
  • v. To wind or collect into a ball; hence, to gather into a mass or anything like a mass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To wind or collect into a ball; hence, to gather into a mass or anything like a mass.
  • intransitive v. To collect in a mass.
  • adj. Collected into a ball, heap, or mass.
  • adj. Collected into a rounded head of flowers.
  • n. A collection or mass.
  • n. A mass of angular volcanic fragments united by heat; -- distinguished from conglomerate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To collect or gather into a mass.
  • To gather, grow, or collect into a ball or mass: as, “hard, agglomerating salts,”
  • Gathered into a ball or mass; piled together; specifically, in botany, crowded into a dense cluster, but not cohering.
  • n. A fortuitous mass or assemblage of things; an agglomeration.
  • n. In geology, an accumulation of materials made up chiefly of large blocks “huddled together in a pell-mell way, without regard to size, shape, or weight.”

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

  • adj. clustered together but not coherent
  • n. volcanic rock consisting of large fragments fused together
  • n. a collection of objects laid on top of each other
  • v. form into one cluster

Etymologies

Latin agglomerāre, agglomerāt-, to mass together : ad-, ad- + glomerāre, to form into a ball (from glomus, glomer-, ball).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin agglomerare ("to wind into a ball"), from ad ("to") + glomerare ("to wind into a ball"), from glomus ("a ball"), akin to globus ("a ball"). (Wiktionary)

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