Definition of assemblage in English:


Line breaks: as¦sem|blage
Pronunciation: /əˈsɛmblɪdʒ


  • 1A collection or gathering of things or people: a loose assemblage of diverse groups
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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, cluster, aggregation, raft, mass, medley, assortment, selection, jumble, series, complete series, batch, number, combination, grouping, arrangement, array
  • 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 together 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.
  • 1.3 [mass noun] The action of gathering or fitting things together: the assemblage of electronic image and text databases
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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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