Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To cause to adhere, as with glue.
  • intransitive verb Linguistics To form (words) by combining words or words and word elements.
  • intransitive verb Physiology To cause (red blood cells or bacteria) to clump together.
  • intransitive verb To join together into a group or mass.
  • intransitive verb Linguistics To form words by agglutination.
  • intransitive verb Physiology To clump together; undergo agglutination.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • United as by glue; characterized by adherence or incorporation of distinct parts or elements: as, an agglutinate language. (See below.)
  • In bacterial., to cause the coalescence or clumping of (bacteria or red blood-corpuscles).
  • To unite or cause to adhere, as with glue or other viscous substance; unite by causing an adhesion.

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

  • adjective United with glue or as with glue; cemented together.
  • adjective (Physiol.) Consisting of root words combined but not materially altered as to form or meaning; See Agglutination, 2.
  • transitive verb To unite, or cause to adhere, as with glue or other viscous substance; to unite by causing an adhesion of substances.

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

  • adjective United with glue or as with glue; cemented together.
  • adjective linguistics Consisting of root words combined but not materially altered as to form or meaning; as, agglutinate forms, languages, etc.
  • verb transitive To unite, or cause to adhere, as with glue or other viscous substance; to unite by causing an adhesion of substances.
  • verb linguistics To form through agglutination.

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

  • verb string together (morphemes in an agglutinating language)
  • adjective united as if by glue
  • verb clump together; as of bacteria, red blood cells, etc.

Etymologies

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

[Latin agglūtināre, agglūtināt- : ad-, ad- + glūtināre, to glue (from glūten, glue).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin agglutinatus, past participle of agglutinare, adglutinare ("to glue or cement to a thing"), from ad ("to") + glutinare ("to glue"), from gluten ("paste, glue").

Examples

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  • The fact appears to be, that these are what are now called agglutinate languages, and, like those of all savage tribes, in a continual course of alteration -- also often using a long periphrastic description to convey an idea or form a name.

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  • Again, by other chemical substances produced in it, the blood may, without actually killing the invading bacteria, only paralyse them, and cause them to "agglutinate" (that is, to adhere to one another as an inactive "clot" or "lump").

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  • They agglutinate particles including volcanic fragments, foraminifera (a type of single-celled animal) and glass chips to form a test which can be up to 25cm.

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  • In fractures of the ears, neither bandages nor cataplasms should be used; or, if any bandage be used, it should be put on very tight; the cerate and sulphur should be applied to agglutinate the bandages.

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  • We discuss a mathematical model of contexts which allows a context to split into several contexts, agglutinate from several contexts, or to constellate out of relatively acontextual processing.

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  • Ants show much attention to the eggs of their own species, fondling them, licking them, agglutinating them in packets, and rearranging them many times a day.

    - Caryl P. Haskins, Of Ants and Men, 1939, p. 106

    December 11, 2008