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

  • intransitive verb To form or gather into a mass or whole.
  • intransitive verb To form into or merge with a corporate conglomerate.
  • intransitive verb To cause to form into a mass or whole.
  • noun A corporation made up of a number of different companies that operate in diversified fields.
  • noun A collected heterogeneous mass; a cluster.
  • noun Geology A coarse-grained sedimentary rock consisting of rounded to subangular rock fragments cemented together by hardened silt, clay, calcium carbonate, or similar material.
  • adjective Gathered into a mass; clustered.
  • adjective Geology Made up of loosely cemented heterogeneous material.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To gather into a ball or round body; collect into a round mass.
  • To bring together into a mass or heap; collect and form into a whole, without regard to congruity or homogeneity; form a conglomeration of.
  • Gathered into a ball or round body; collected or clustered together.
  • In botany, densely clustered.
  • In entomology, gathered irregularly in one or more spots, instead of being distributed evenly over the surface: said of hairs, punctures, dots, etc.
  • Composed of heterogeneous or incongruous materials; conglomerated.
  • noun In geology, a rock made up of the rounded and water-worn debris of previously existing rocks, consisting, at least in part, of fragments large enough to be called pebbles. Also called conglomerate rock.
  • noun Anything composed of heterogeneous or incongruous materials.

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

  • adjective Gathered into a ball or a mass; collected together; concentrated.
  • adjective (Bot.) Closely crowded together; densly clustered.
  • adjective (Geol.) Composed of stones, pebbles, or fragments of rocks, cemented together.
  • noun That which is heaped together in a mass or conpacted from various sources; a mass formed of fragments; collection; accumulation.
  • noun (Geol.) A rock, composed or rounded fragments of stone cemented together by another mineral substance, either calcareous, siliceous, or argillaceous; pudding stone; -- opposed to agglomerate. See Breccia.
  • transitive verb To gather into a ball or round body; to collect into a mass.

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

  • noun A cluster of heterogeneous things.
  • noun business A corporation formed by the combination of several smaller corporations whose activities are unrelated to the corporation's primary activity.
  • noun geology A rock consisting of gravel or pebbles embedded in a matrix.
  • adjective Clustered together into a mass.
  • verb To combine together into a larger mass.
  • verb business To combine together into a larger corporation.

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

  • verb collect or gather
  • adjective composed of heterogeneous elements gathered into a mass
  • noun a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization
  • noun a composite rock made up of particles of varying size


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

[Latin conglomerāre, conglomerāt- : com-, com- + glomerāre, to wind into a ball (from glomus, glomer-, ball).]


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