From Latin aggregātus, perfect passive participle of aggregō (“I flock together”), from ag-, combining form of ad (“to, toward”), + gregō (“I flock or group”), from grex (“flock”). Compare gregarious.
- Noun and adjective
aggregate (plural aggregates)
- A mass, assemblage, or sum of particulars; something consisting of elements but considered as a whole.
- A mass formed by the union of homogeneous particles; – in distinction from a compound, formed by the union of heterogeneous particles.
- (mathematics, obsolete) A set (collection of objects).
- (music) The full chromatic scale of twelve equal tempered pitches.
- (roofing) Crushed stone, crushed slag or water-worn gravel used for surfacing a built-up roof system.
- Solid particles of low aspect ratio added to a composite material, as distinguished from the matrix and any fibers or reinforcements, especially the gravel and sand added to concrete. (technical)
- (Buddhism) Any of the five attributes that constitute the sentient being.
- (mass, assemblage, or sum of particulars): cluster
- (attribute of the sentient being in Buddhism): skandha
- DeLone et. al. (Eds.) (1975). Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0130493465, Ch. 6.
- Formed by a collection of particulars into a whole mass or sum; collective; combined; added up
- Consisting or formed of smaller objects or parts.
- Formed into clusters or groups of lobules.
- aggregate glands.
- (botany) Composed of several florets within a common involucre, as in the daisy; or of several carpels formed from one flower, as in the raspberry.
- Having the several component parts adherent to each other only to such a degree as to be separable by mechanical means.
- United into a common organized mass; said of certain compound animals.
- (transitive) To bring together; to collect into a mass or sum.
- The aggregated soil.
- (transitive) To add or unite, as, a person, to an association.
- (transitive) To amount in the aggregate to.
- ten loads, aggregating five hundred bushels.