Definition of assemblage in US English:



  • 1A collection or gathering of things or people.

    ‘a wondrous assemblage of noble knights, cruel temptresses, and impossible loves’
    • ‘I knew that birding with such a diverse assemblage of people would be a challenge, but I also knew that they're all intelligent and appreciative folk.’
    • ‘A diverse assemblage of mainly wetland plant species resulted from sampling.’
    • ‘This is one of the richest and most diverse set of assemblages yet described from South China.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the majority of fossil vertebrate assemblages accumulate over many temporal scales from days to millennia.’
    • ‘‘There is no evidence to suggest that this can be spread through brief contact or assemblages of large numbers of people,’ she said.’
    • ‘The biotic diversity of the grasslands has historically supported a diverse assemblage of species.’
    • ‘The diverse oceanographic conditions that occur in the park give rise to a similarly diverse array of species assemblages.’
    • ‘The river had sported a ragged and changing assemblage of cottonwoods, dense stands of willows, and water-seeking shrubs, weeds, grasses, and moss.’
    • ‘Bringing these ideas, words, and images to life are an assemblage of diverse and gifted actors unafraid to open themselves to each of these characters.’
    • ‘This flora is one of the best preserved and most diverse Tertiary assemblages in Europe, containing over 500 plant types, including more than 300 named species.’
    • ‘Simply put, species behave as statistical entities, making it necessary to back away from individual species or small assemblages to examine topdown processes.’
    • ‘The presence of a diverse assemblage has been suspected on the basis of disarticulated remains preserved in such localities.’
    • ‘Rather, the past as she presents it is a well-populated landscape, or, as becomes a story teller, an assemblage of the characters involved in such processes.’
    • ‘When he died at the age of eighty-four, twenty thousand people, the largest assemblage Philadelphia had ever seen, watched his funeral procession.’
    • ‘A diverse assemblage of winged insects appears suddenly in the fossil record about 330 million years ago, and there are few clues about their evolutionary lineage.’
    • ‘Therefore, the best hope for understanding global diversity patterns is to collect information on local assemblages.’
    • ‘This work represents one of the best of such compilations, a rich and comprehensive assemblage of the central documents that guided US actions during the Second World War.’
    • ‘This gathering is the largest periodic assemblage of human beings on the planet.’
    • ‘When paleontologists gather data on relative abundance, they sample an assemblage that has accumulated over a long, usually unknown period of time.’
    • ‘This great assemblage of birds forms one of the finest wildlife spectacles in the country and attracts many birdwatchers to the island, thus boosting its tourist industry.’
    collection, accumulation, conglomeration, gathering, group, cluster, aggregation, raft, mass, medley, assortment, selection, jumble, series, complete series, batch, number, combination, grouping, arrangement, array
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    1. 1.1 A machine or object made of pieces fitted together.
      ‘some vast assemblage of gears and cogs’
      • ‘These conditions are automatically satisfied through the element assemblage process.’
      • ‘I once wished to make an assemblage of gears that would make a mechanical human, and I saw no reason why not.’
      • ‘Creative writers have tended to be fearful of machine/person assemblages, and have been much slower to take advantage of new technologies than musicians and visual artists.’
      • ‘The most advanced manufacturing techniques in guns, missiles, and armor plating depended on multipart welded assemblages that were designed to be flexible under pressure, or to segment on impact.’
      • ‘The space was a great big project lab, with happy geeks combing over various assemblages of wiring, motors, processors and plans like ants on a summer picnic.’
      • ‘Thus, I see engineering assemblages and their use in the capital-intensive military, pharmaceutical and medical organizations in direct contact as if undergoing a new symbiotic merging.’
      • ‘These large, supramolecular assemblages of proteins form channels that span the nuclear envelope of cells, acting as crucial regulators of nuclear import and export.’
      • ‘This argument will never convince those who see our bodies as machines, as complex assemblages of molecular parts, whose workings become more manipulable the more we understand them.’
    2. 1.2 A work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects.
      • ‘Similar in theme to her large, mixed-medium paintings also included in the show, these modestly sized assemblages felt far more potent and concentrated.’
      • ‘It's a rare assemblage and collection of paintings.’
      • ‘I found some wonderful metal screens in a variety of sizes and decided they would make a nice backdrop for the assemblage pieces using my vintage trinkets.’
      • ‘His latest pieces are assemblages of tree limbs, stripped of their bark and fashioned into cylinders and dowels.’
      • ‘A large statue or an assemblage of stones also can be used as a substitute.’
      • ‘Work on the walls included paintings and assemblages, and some artists had gathered local vines to use as sculptural material.’
      • ‘He had no formal training in art but, influenced by surrealism, he began making collages and boxed assemblages in the early 1930s.’
      • ‘He moved through plaster-and-wood human torsos and a period of making assemblages, but animals seem to be his favorite theme.’
      • ‘In his smaller sculptural assemblages, narrative has always functioned like another found object, dense with the particular history of its source and rich with texture.’
      • ‘The show consisted of 262 paintings, sculptures, assemblages and works in other mediums, with the earliest a drawing from 1952, selected from the large donation.’
      • ‘So, after a peek at the paintings and assemblages in the local art gallery we set off at a steady pace half-expecting to meet them.’
      • ‘Some of the pieces in this assemblage, for example, include African carving's, part of an animal skeleton, letters of the alphabet and costume jewelry.’
      • ‘It became more multifaceted, combining painting, assemblage, and writing.’
      • ‘He was known for his playful assemblages made from found objects and, later, cut or welded steel and cast iron or bronze, often featuring his signature figurative element, a bear.’
      • ‘I feel that the activity inside those drawings is as chaotic and as controlled as any of the assemblages or sculptures or movies or other works that I've been involved in.’
      • ‘His assemblages, constructions and collages became an integral part of a collaborative ferment of performances, environments and situations, with time and space as the defining factors.’
      • ‘The tones and chance waverings of lines create textures whose irregular effects are somewhat like those of the weathered patinas of the antique objects used in the assemblages.’
      • ‘His works are three-dimensional assemblages that layer multiple pieces of hand-painted acrylic glass to produce one compound vision.’
      • ‘He makes expressive, figurative paintings and assemblages that are passionately engaged with the political, social and emotional environment of his community.’
      • ‘It includes approximately 150 collages, assemblages, paintings, drawings and magazine covers.’
    3. 1.3 The action of gathering or fitting things together.
      • ‘This outstanding collection is the result of the assemblage of important private collections including the contents of Emo House, County Laois and Ivy Hall, County Tipperary.’
      • ‘Even more so than its predecessor, Rediffusion is the result of relentless sound researches, passionate assemblage and a sharp observation of existing combinations.’
      • ‘The power of Darnton's essay lay in his assemblage of familiar assertions about the origins and transmission of fairy tales.’
      • ‘Indeed, these are moved by strong personal incentives, coincident with social interest to a certain extent when the goal of the community is the assemblage of a valuable collective good.’
      • ‘Their value consists particularly in the assemblage of material drawn from the old scholia and the lost works of earlier scholars and lexicographers.’