assemblage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French assemblage.

Noun[edit]

assemblage (countable and uncountable, plural assemblages)

  1. The process of assembling or bringing together.
    A design to overturn the government of the United States in New Orleans by force would have been unquestionably a design which if carried into execution would have been treason; and the assemblage of a body of men for the purpose of carrying it into execution would amount to levying of war against the United States.
  2. A collection of things which have been gathered together or assembled.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Part
      But scarce was supper well over, before a change so incredible was wrought in me, such violent, yet pleasingly irksome sensations took possession of me that I scarce knew how to contain myself; the smart of the lashes was now converted into such a prickly heat, such fiery tinglings, as made me sigh, squeeze my thighs together, shift and wriggle about my seat, with a furious restlessness; whilst these itching ardours, thus excited in those parts on which the storm of discipline had principally fallen, detached legions of burning, subtile, stimulating spirits, to their opposite spot and centre of assemblage, where their titillation raged so furiously, that I was even stinging mad with them. Memoirs of Fanny Hill
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterII:
      Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, []. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
  3. (art) A visual art form similar to collage, which combines two-dimensional and three-dimensional, often found, elements into works of art.

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Noun[edit]

assemblage m (plural assemblages)

  1. assemblage

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