See also: Aggregate




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)

  1. A mass, assemblage, or sum of particulars; something consisting of elements but considered as a whole.(Can we add an example for this sense?)
  2. A mass formed by the union of homogeneous particles; – in distinction from a compound, formed by the union of heterogeneous particles.(Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. (mathematics, obsolete) A set (collection of objects).
  4. (music) The full chromatic scale of twelve equal tempered pitches.
  5. (roofing) Crushed stone, crushed slag or water-worn gravel used for surfacing a built-up roof system.
  6. 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)
  7. (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


See alsoEdit


  • DeLone et. al. (Eds.) (1975). Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0130493465, Ch. 6.


aggregate ‎(comparative more aggregate, superlative most aggregate)

  1. Formed by a collection of particulars into a whole mass or sum; collective; combined; added up
  2. Consisting or formed of smaller objects or parts.
  3. Formed into clusters or groups of lobules.
    aggregate glands.
  4. (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.
  5. Having the several component parts adherent to each other only to such a degree as to be separable by mechanical means.
  6. United into a common organized mass; said of certain compound animals.



aggregate ‎(third-person singular simple present aggregates, present participle aggregating, simple past and past participle aggregated)

  1. (transitive) To bring together; to collect into a mass or sum.
    The aggregated soil.
  2. (transitive) To add or unite, as, a person, to an association.
  3. (transitive) To amount in the aggregate to.
    ten loads, aggregating five hundred bushels.