Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To combine into a unified or integrated whole; unite. synonym: mix.
  • intransitive verb To mix or alloy (a metal) with mercury.
  • intransitive verb To become combined; unite.
  • intransitive verb To unite or blend with another metal. Used of mercury.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To mix or alloy (a metal) with quicksilver. See amalgamation.
  • In general, to mix so as to make a compound; blend; unite; combine.
  • To form an amalgam; blend with another metal, as quicksilver.
  • To combine, unite, or coalesce, generally: as, two organs or parts amalgamate as the result of growth.
  • United or amalgamated.

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

  • transitive verb To compound or mix, as quicksilver, with another metal; to unite, combine, or alloy with mercury.
  • transitive verb To mix, so as to make a uniform compound; to unite or combine
  • adjective Coalesced; united; combined.
  • intransitive verb To unite in an amalgam; to blend with another metal, as quicksilver.
  • intransitive verb To coalesce, as a result of growth; to combine into a uniform whole; to blend.

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

  • verb To merge, to combine, to blend, to join.
  • verb To make an alloy of a metal and mercury.
  • verb transitive, mathematics To combine (free groups) by identifying respective isomorphic subgroups.
  • adjective coalesced; united; combined

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

  • adjective joined together into a whole
  • verb to bring or combine together or with something else

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle Latin amalgamāt-us, past participle of amalgamā-re, amalgama.

Examples

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  • With the last sentence in her article, it seemed as if in the effort to amalgamate all Muslims into one mass, Ayaan Hirsi Ali established that the only "intolerant" one was herself.

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  • Drawn to the particulars, we try to amalgamate them into an illusionistic head, then get seduced by details again, unable to reconcile the two readings.

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  • My bet is that they're going to skip or amalgamate a few books, or go the Dexter route and splinter off into a drastically different canon the most logical choice.

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  • Analysts are recommending the companies shut more of their facilities, or even amalgamate.

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  • amalgam, too, of course.

    May 29, 2010