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aggregate

Contributor(s): Gonzalo Salvador

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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