Definition of assemblage in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsemblij/


1A collection or gathering of things or people: a wondrous assemblage of noble knights, cruel temptresses, and impossible loves
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  • Therefore, the best hope for understanding global diversity patterns is to collect information on local assemblages.
  • The diverse oceanographic conditions that occur in the park give rise to a similarly diverse array of species assemblages.
  • When paleontologists gather data on relative abundance, they sample an assemblage that has accumulated over a long, usually unknown period of time.
collection, accumulation, conglomeration, gathering, group, grouping, cluster, aggregation, mass, number;
assortment, selection, array, miscellany
1.1A machine or object made of pieces fitted together: some vast assemblage of gears and cogs
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I once wished to make an assemblage of gears that would make a mechanical human, and I saw no reason why not.
1.2A work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • He makes expressive, figurative paintings and assemblages that are passionately engaged with the political, social and emotional environment of his community.
1.3The action of gathering or fitting things together.
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  • Even more so than its predecessor, Rediffusion is the result of relentless sound researches, passionate assemblage and a sharp observation of existing combinations.
  • Their value consists particularly in the assemblage of material drawn from the old scholia and the lost works of earlier scholars and lexicographers.
  • The power of Darnton's essay lay in his assemblage of familiar assertions about the origins and transmission of fairy tales.

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Syllabification: as·sem·blage

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