Definition of agglomerate in English:



  • Collect or form into a mass or group.

    [with object] ‘companies agglomerate multiple sites such as chains of stores’
    [no object] ‘these small particles soon agglomerate together’
    • ‘Waste was hauled by truck to various designated dumps, and the ore was to be stockpiled or to be directly crushed, screened, and agglomerated.’
    • ‘Power is not binary, but fluid and nodal: it agglomerates in particular sites and in particular ways, between particular groups or individuals.’
    • ‘Herbert aims to agglomerate intellectual movements in various disciplines and show the deep connections that make them part of a single episteme.’
    • ‘This uptake of oxygen, however slow or fast, tends to reduce fresh, grapey primary aromas and also causes small tannin molecules to agglomerate, which changes colour towards gold in whites and softens astringency in both reds and whites.’
    • ‘As these centres became politically agglomerated in the 16th century, variations on what soon became virtually an artistic canon became more solely individual than regional.’
    • ‘The two patent claims refer to the action of the cyclone as providing ‘means for progressively agglomerating particles in the whirling stream leaving the tuyere’.’
    • ‘If firms agglomerate in one or a few regions, they do so impelled by pecuniary externalities that arise from the interaction of increasing returns with transportation costs between regions.’
    • ‘Otherwise, it is difficult to ensure consistency in checking for data availability or agglomerating multiple occurrences of the same event when the handler is executed.’
    • ‘The Sun agglomerated from a huge cloud of gas and dust, which was largely the debris left from previous expired stars and supernova explosions.’
    • ‘Fluxes are therefore used to protect the melt from oxidation, to agglomerate nonmetallic inclusions originating with the charge, and to break up and collect the oxide inclusions and skins that may form during melting.’
    • ‘While the industry as a whole was being agglomerated by media moguls, Ted Perry was a blunt-headed cottage craftsman who lived above the shop and knew the value and function of every inventoried item.’
    • ‘At the top of the list are sectors that are relatively agglomerated; at the bottom are industries that are much more dispersed.’
    • ‘Links to these databases are available from each ‘GeneCard ’… a webpage agglomerating information about a specific gene and its products.’
    • ‘As a general rule, in the process of agglomerating the subgroups, once two items are associated to a subgroup, they remain in the same subgroup as the number of subgroups grows larger.’
    • ‘If carbides are allowed to agglomerate or form grain-boundary films during heat treatment or in service at elevated temperatures, they can seriously impair ductility and cause embrittlement.’
    • ‘For this particular child, I would ask if there are cats in the house cats loose a lot of hair, which tends to agglomerate under beds and in room corners.’
    • ‘London is not one homogenised urban sprawl: it is hundreds of once separate villages that the Victorian explosion agglomerated into a continuous habitation.’
    • ‘Later on, some pairs of nodes will have been identified as neighbors, but not agglomerated.’
    • ‘Under Jiang Zemin, the leadership announced it would follow the chaebol and kereitsu models of Korea and Japan where protected industries agglomerated into massive enterprises.’
    • ‘It has agglomerated population, centralized means of production, and has concentrated property in a few hands.’


  • 1A mass or collection of things.

    ‘a multimedia agglomerate’
    • ‘As an alternative, he developed a process using high-pressure homogenization, which breaks down the starch-protein agglomerates and separates them without changing their nutritional properties.’
    • ‘This means that organisms are not agglomerates but ecosystems of co-acting cells with a unique functional focus.’
    • ‘These form all kinds of agglomerates and aggregates, including fibrils, in a precise morphological hierarchy.’
    • ‘On the life insurance side, the risk of urban agglomerate was underestimated, and the risk continues.’
    • ‘An unique aspect of the agglomerates according to the present invention is that they are formed without the use of a separate bonding substance, such as an adhesive.’
    • ‘In this process the human proteins are inactivated and agglomerates are formed which may be the cause of the observed intolerance to the injection solutions.’
    • ‘Based on scanning electron microscope images of the failed nanotube films, we attribute the ultimate failure to agglomerates in the film (point defects that act as stress concentrators).’
    • ‘The point he has missed is, a large percentage of India's surface area is still in villages where rainwater recharges the soil much more than it does in urban agglomerates.’
    • ‘The most significant feature was the importance of the female line, which constituted the connecting threads that held together different family agglomerates.’
    • ‘However this light coating was not deposited where the dust or agglomerate should have been deposited as a result of cyclonic action, that is at the bottom of the collecting pan.’
    • ‘We also could not obtain length distributions from filaments inside of large agglomerates.’
    • ‘Instead they consolidated into larger population agglomerates.’
    • ‘Guraya's approach instead relies on very high pressure, supplied by a special homogenizer known as a microfluidizer, to physically split apart the starch-protein agglomerates.’
    • ‘The cheapest form of cork, developed in 1891 by an American businessman, John Smith, is cork agglomerate, occasionally called ‘agglo’, reassembled crumbs of cork which can offer some of the benefits of intact cork itself.’
    • ‘Scientists call these groups ionic agglomerates.’
    • ‘In addition, long chains of similarly sized particles are frequently formed, and they may collapse into spherical- or raft-shaped agglomerates in the high humidity of the respiratory tract.’
    • ‘The cubicled floor space of start-ups turned agglomerates make up the Binary Proletariat.’
    1. 1.1Geology
      A volcanic rock consisting of large fragments bonded together.
      • ‘The Chilwa province is composed of several granite, syenite, and nepheline-syenite plutons that are associated with extrusive carbonatites and agglomerates.’
      • ‘The volcanic strata consist of sheet-like flows of andesite, dacite, basalts, and trachybasalts that are interbedded with agglomerates and tuffs.’
      • ‘Rocky material formed by the accumulation of large ejecta is classified as agglomerate.’
      • ‘Quartz stretching lineations in the shear zones are down-dip and rotated clasts in the agglomerates suggest top-to-the-NE shearing or thrusting of the volcanic series over the Delb Khairkhan melange.’
      • ‘For example, the Lower Carboniferous green volcanic ashes and agglomerates from Oxroad Bay in East Lothian, Scotland contain abundant anatomically preserved plants that were overlooked by those studying the geology.’


  • Collected or formed into a mass.

    • ‘This diagram places in opposition a development which will mainly benefit the big firm and the agglomerated area, and a development which will benefit the whole population.’
    • ‘The region had excellent potential for further agglomerated growth.’
    • ‘The last name on the list has an agglomerated population of only 15,208.’
    • ‘The treatments work on the clay to minimize the attractive forces between the agglomerated platelets.’
    • ‘The agglomerate formulation of MF successfully deagglomerates into particles of respirable size during patient inhalation.’
    • ‘The narrowing of the political parties to two could be viewed as limiting the national leadership contest to at most two agglomerated ethnic groups, although they both reach across group divides.’
    • ‘The loosely agglomerated arrangements of a multitude of insurers, each with their own rules, schedules of services, red tape, and reimbursement applications are certainly not a system.’
    • ‘This invention provides an abrasive article comprising abrasive agglomerate particles and a bond system.’
    • ‘A short agglomerate cork suggests that the bottler had little regard for the ageing ability of this wine, while a particularly long cork is indicative at least of ambition or optimism.’
    • ‘From the outset, a dilapidated building - dark, dingy and dangerous - mirrors the standard of care for the agglomerated, forgotten Brazilian criminal underclass.’
    • ‘Production flexibilities have been built through a network of locally agglomerated workshop production units and domestic homebased workers to whom work is outsourced when required.’
    • ‘Nominal wages increase in the more agglomerated region because, as a result of the additional firm's entry, there is greater aggregate production and thus greater demand for labor.’
    • ‘But, what about the other 40% of dirt sources, such as agglomerated paint particles, color carry over during the color change process and paint line cleaning?’
    • ‘Except in agglomerated pigmented cells, no differentiation of the retinal cell layers was observed.’
    • ‘In 2002, cotton fabrics accounted for 21.41 per cent of Bulgaria's imports from Portugal, agglomerated cork at 11.32 per cent, and synthetic fibres at 9.86 per cent.’


Late 17th century: from Latin agglomerat- added to from the verb agglomerare, from ad- to + glomerare (from glomus ball).