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Meaning of CONGLOMERATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]kun'glâmu`reyt, [n]kun'glâmu`rit, kun'glâmurut

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a group of diverse companies run as a single organization
  2. [n]  a composite rock made up of particles of varying size
  3. [adj]  composed of heterogeneous elements gathered into a mass; "the conglomerate peoples of New England"
  4. [v]  collect or gather; "Journals are accumulating in my office"; "The work keeps piling up"
 

CONGLOMERATE is a 12 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: accumulate, amass, combined, cumulate, empire, gather, pile up, pudding stone
 
 See Also: accrete, backlog, corp, corporation, drift, increase, publishing conglomerate, publishing empire, rock, stone

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Con*glom"er*ate\, a. [L. conglomeratus, p. p. of
    conglomerare to roll together; con- + glomerare to wind into
    a ball. See {Glomerate}.]
    1. Gathered into a ball or a mass; collected together;
       concentrated; as, conglomerate rays of light.
    
             Beams of light when they are multiplied and
             conglomerate.                         --Bacon.
    
             Fluids are separated in the liver and the other
             conglobate and conglomerate glands.   --Cheyne.
    
    2. (Bot.) Closely crowded together; densly clustered; as,
       conglomerate flowers. --Gray.
    
    3. (Geol.) Composed of stones, pebbles, or fragments of
       rocks, cemented together.
    
    
  2. \Con*glom"er*ate\, n.
    1. That which is heaped together in a mass or conpacted from
       various sources; a mass formed of fragments; collection;
       accumulation.
    
             A conglomerate of marvelous anecdotes, marvelously
             heaped together.                      --Trench.
    
    2. (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}.
    
             A conglomerate, therefore, is simply gravel bound
             together by a cement.                 --Lyell.
    
    
  3. \Con*glom"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Conglomerated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Conglomerating}.]
    To gather into a ball or round body; to collect into a mass.
    
    
 
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