Definitions

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

  • n. The act of assembling.
  • n. The state of being assembled.
  • n. A collection of people or things; a gathering.
  • n. A collection of items from a single datable component of an archaeological site.
  • n. A fitting together of parts, as those in a machine.
  • n. A sculptural composition consisting of an arrangement of miscellaneous objects or found materials.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A collection of things which have been gathered together or assembled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of assembling, or the state of being assembled; association.
  • n. A collection of individuals, or of individuals, or of particular things

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of assembling or the state of being assembled; association.
  • n. A collection of individuals or of particular things: as, an assemblage of noted men; an assemblage of various materials.
  • n. The act of fitting together, as parts of a machine; in carpentry and joinery, a union of parts or pieces by framing, dovetailing, etc. See assembling.
  • n. In the logicomathematical science of multitude, otherwise called the theory of cardinal numbers, a collection, not in the sense that the objects are assembled or collected, but merely in the sense that many things are regarded in thought as constituting one thing.

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

  • n. the social act of assembling
  • n. a system of components assembled together for a particular purpose
  • n. a group of persons together in one place
  • n. several things grouped together or considered as a whole

Etymologies

From French assemblage. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The scheme of setbacks and added height might result in assemblage of smaller lots to comply with setbacks and leave enough footprint to build the bigger tower.

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  • However, he noted that the "Limbo assemblage is dominated by horizontal and oblique hatched bands, as opposed to comb-stamping and criss-crossed bands found frequently with Kwale and Urewe respectively."

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  • The assemblage is dominated by broad-leaved deciduous plants (alder, beech, etc.) along with roses, grapes, and dawn redwood, and most of the genera are no longer found in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • That volatility requires not only repeated reassertions of his paternality — as Teltscher demonstrates, this ideological assemblage is highly over-determined — but also supplementation by a series of more complex phantasmatic constructions which not only undo the tight ideological sutures achieved in the initial performance, but also raise questions about how the nation can be seen at this distance from the metropole.

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  • Whether you want to call it a "comic book", a "graphic novel" or, as Clowes playfully says on the contents page, a "narraglyphic picto-assemblage", is up to you.

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  • The geological setting in this area is characterized by an assemblage of mafic rocks, dacitic tuffs, wackes and conglomerates of the Taibi Group.

  • Along with many others, including Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso and Kurt Schwitters, German-born Elsa created two- and three-dimensional compositions of found objects, an artistic process that in the mid-20th century was labelled "assemblage".

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  • A federal appraisal would be done as part of the trade, if Congress approves the swap, but Will expressed doubt that the appraisal would take into account the value of "assemblage" - the added value he suggested the strip of BLM land gains by virtue of the adjacent acreage Wexner has amassed around it.

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  • I liked Bostrom’s story on how he acquired this neat assemblage from the golden age of glitter and booze.

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  • But his favorite of the assemblage was the Bank of China building, which looked like a squat version of the famous Sears Tower building in America and was clad with massive crossbars that would be illuminated the color of clean bone after sunset.

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  • JM has encountered an assemblage of jigsaw puzzlers

    May 26, 2010