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aggregate

Contributor(s): Gonzalo Salvador
This definition is part of our Essential Guide: New WAN tools, techniques and methods you need to know

In general, to aggregate (verb, from Latin aggregare meaning to add to) is to collect things together. An aggregate (adjective) thing is a collection of other things. An aggregation is a collection.

In information technology, individual items of data are sometimes aggregated into a database. Unlike marshalling , aggregation doesn't require giving one thing precedence over another thing.

The noun has special meanings in geology and in building construction.

This was last updated in September 2005

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