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Definition of the noun assemblage

What does assemblage mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: assemblages

  1. a group of persons together in one place
  2. a system of components assembled together for a particular purpose
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of assemblage: hookup
    • more generic word: system = instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity
  3. the social act of assembling
  4. several things grouped together or considered as a whole
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of assemblage: accumulation / aggregation / collection
    • more generic words: group / grouping = any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
    • more specific terms:
      • procession = the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation
      • pharmacopoeia = a collection or stock of drugs
      • string = a collection of objects threaded on a single strand
      • wardrobe = collection of clothing belonging to one person
      • wardrobe = collection of costumes belonging to a theatrical company
      • population / universe = the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn
      • armamentarium = the collection of equipment and methods used in the practice of medicine
      • art collection = a collection of art works
      • backlog = an accumulation of jobs not done or materials not processed that are yet to be dealt with
      • battery = a collection of related things intended for use together
      • block = a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit
      • rule book / book = a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made
      • book = a collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game
      • bottle collection = a collection of bottles
      • caboodle / bunch / lot = any collection in its entirety
      • coin collection = a collection of coins
      • collage = any collection of diverse things
      • contents / content = everything that is included in a collection and that is held or included in something
      • tout ensemble / ensemble = an assemblage of parts or details (as in a work of art) considered as forming a whole
      • corpus = a collection of writings
      • crop = a collection of people or things appearing together
      • tenantry = tenants of an estate considered as a group
      • findings = a collection of tools and other articles used by an artisan to make jewelry or clothing or shoes
      • flagging = flagstones collectively
      • flinders = bits and splinters and fragments
      • pack = a complete collection of similar things
      • deal / hand = the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time
      • long suit = in a hand, the suit having the most cards
      • herbarium = a collection of dried plants that are mounted and systematically classified for study
      • stamp collection = a collection of stamps
      • statuary = statues collectively
      • sum total / summation / sum = the final aggregate
      • agglomeration = a jumbled collection or mass
      • gimmickry = a collection of gimmicks
      • nuclear club = the nations possessing nuclear weapons
      • agglomerate / cumulation / cumulus / mound / heap / pile = a collection of objects laid on top of each other
      • mass = an ill-structured collection of similar things
      • combination = a collection of things that have been combined
      • congregation = an assemblage of people or animals or things collected together
      • hit parade = a collection of the best or most popular people or items of a given kind
      • Judaica = materials relating to Judaism
      • kludge = a badly assembled collection of parts hastily assembled to serve some particular purpose
      • subroutine library / program library / library = a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use
      • library = a collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing
      • mythology = myths collectively
      • biology / biota = all the plant and animal life of a particular region
      • zoology / fauna = all the animal life in a particular region or period
      • petting zoo = a collection of docile animals for children to pet and feed
      • set = a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
      • Victoriana = collection of materials of or characteristic of the Victorian era
      • category / family / class = a collection of things sharing a common attribute
      • job lot = a miscellaneous collection of things sold together
      • package / bundle / packet / parcel = a collection of things wrapped or boxed together
      • defense lawyers / defense team / defence / defense = the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
      • prosecution = the lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant
      • planting = a collection of plants (trees or shrubs or flowers) in a particular area
      • signage = signs collectively
      • generally accepted accounting principles / GAAP = a collection of rules and procedures and conventions that define accepted accounting practice
      • pantheon = all the gods of a religion
      • Free World = anti-communist countries collectively
      • Third World = underdeveloped and developing countries of Asia and Africa and Latin America collectively
      • Europe = the nations of the European continent collectively
      • Asia = the nations of the Asian continent collectively
      • North America = the nations of the North American continent collectively
      • Central America = the nations of Central America collectively
      • South America = the nations of the South American continent collectively
      • Oort cloud = a hypothetical huge collection of comets orbiting the sun far beyond the orbit of Pluto
      • galaxy = a splendid assemblage
      • extragalactic nebula / galaxy = a collection of star systems
      • fleet = a group of warships organized as a tactical unit
      • fleet = group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership
      • fleet = group of aircraft operating together under the same ownership
      • repertoire / repertory = a collection of works (plays, songs, operas, ballets) that an artist or company can perform and do perform for short intervals on a regular schedule
      • repertoire / repertory = the entire range of skills or aptitudes or devices used in a particular field or occupation
      • miscellanea / smorgasbord / assortment / miscellany / salmagundi / mixed bag / potpourri / mixture / variety / motley = a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
      • clutch / batch = a collection of things or persons to be handled together
      • batch = all the loaves of bread baked at the same time
      • rogue's gallery = a collection of pictures of criminals
      • exhibition / exposition / expo = a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display
      • convoy = a collection of merchant ships with an escort of warships
      • traffic = the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time
      • air power / aviation = the aggregation of a country's military aircraft
      • vegetation / botany / flora = all the plant life in a particular region or period
      • jurisprudence / law = the collection of rules imposed by authority
      • menagerie = a collection of live animals for study or display
      • information / data = a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn
      • ana = a collection of anecdotes about a person or place
      • mail / post = any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered
      • treasure = a collection of precious things
      • treasure trove = any collection of valuables that is discovered
      • trinketry = trinkets and other ornaments of dress collectively
      • troponomy / troponymy = the place names of a region or a language considered collectively
      • smithereens = a collection of small fragments considered as a whole
    • instances:
      • Nag Hammadi Library / Nag Hammadi = a collection of 13 ancient papyrus codices translated from Greek into Coptic that were discovered by farmers near the town of Nag Hammadi in 1945
      • Wise Men / Magi = the sages who visited Jesus and Mary and Joseph shortly after Jesus was born; the Gospel According to Matthew says they were guided by a star and brought gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh

Alternative definition of the noun assemblage


  1. A collection of things which have been gathered together or assembled.
  2. assembling (the act of assembling)


  1. "Assemblage" is a compilation album by the British band Japan, released in 1981 by Hansa Records.
  2. "Assemblage" is a musical album of Eleven Pond.


  1. Assemblage is an artistic process. In the visual arts, it consists of making three-dimensional or two-dimensional artistic compositions by putting together found objects. In literature, assemblage refers to a text "built primarily and explicitly from existing texts in order to solve a writing or communication problem in a new context". The origin of the artform dates to the cubist constructions of Pablo Picasso c. 1912-1914. The origin of the word can be traced back to the early 1950s, when Jean Dubuffet created a series of collages of butterfly wings, which he titled assemblages d'empreintes. However, both Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso had been working with found objects for many years prior to Dubuffet. They were not alone. Russian artist Vladimir Tatlin creates his "counter-reliefs" in the middle of the 1910s. Alongside Tatlin, the earliest woman artist to try her hand at assemblage was Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, the Dada Baroness. In addition, one of the earliest and most prolific was Louise Nevelson, who began creating her sculptures from found pieces of wood in the late 1930s.
  2. Assemblage refers to a text "built primarily and explicitly from existing texts to solve a writing or communication problem in a new context". The concept was first proposed by Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart Selber in the journal Computers & Composition in 2007. The notion of assemblages builds on remix and remix practices, which blur distinctions between invented and borrowed work.
  3. Assemblage: An assemblage is an archaeological term meaning a group of different artifacts found in association with one another, that is, in the same context. As defined by one of the standard contemporary archaeological textbooks, an assemblage is a "group of artifacts recurring together at a particular time and place, and representing the sum of human activities.
  4. Assemblage was an architectural theory journal published by MIT Press from 1986 to 2000. Forty-one issues were published in total and its full-text is searchable on JSTOR.
  5. Assemblage is an internationally recognized journal run by postgraduates in the archaeology department at the University of Sheffield.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Assemblage

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Google previewDeleuze and Language (2002)

by J. Lecercle

More precisely, an assemblage is an unholy mixture of events and territory. An assemblage begins by extracting a territory out of the environment, and it has two aspects, or planes (a plane of expression, or regime of signs, and a plane of ...

Google previewDeleuze Beyond Badiou (2013)

Ontology, Multiplicity, and Event by Clayton Crockett

The machinic assemblage is the lightning strike that occurs as a result of the difference between the layers of strata. The dark...

Google previewDeleuze and the Diagram (2012)

Aesthetic Threads in Visual Organization by Jakub Zdebik

An assemblage is a multiplicity made upof heterogeneouselements. Itbrings these elementstogether andfosters relations...

The assemblage is an integral part of the mechanism of the diagram. The abstraction into function of specificities is ...

Google previewEmergent Urbanism (2016)

Urban Planning & Design in Times of Structural and Systemic Change by Tigran Haas, Krister Olsson

An assemblage is a whole that emerges from the interconnectivity and flows between parts. As a verb 'assemblage' focuses attention on processes of connecting – connecting people or firms to each other, producers to consumers, people to ...

Google previewDeleuze and Philosophy (2002)

The Difference Engineer by Keith Ansell-Pearson

The assemblage is between two layers, two strata; on one side it faces the strata ([here] the assemblage is an interstratum) but the other faces something else, the body without organs (here, it is a metastratum). (1988:40) Geology's drilling ...

Google previewCore Concepts in Cultural Anthropology (2016)

by CTI Reviews

An assemblage is an archaeological term meaning a group of different artifacts found in association with one another, that...

Google previewCapitalism and Christianity, American Style (2008)

by William E. Connolly

An assemblage is a temporal complex in which numerous coexisting elements are simultaneously interinvolved, externally related, and jostled by flows that exceed these two modes of connection. Examples include the flow of illegal ...

Google previewThe SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies (2017)

by John Hannigan, Department of Leisure Studies Greg Richards, Greg Richards

An assemblage is a whole that emerges from the interconnectivity and flows between constituent parts – wherein the identities and functions of both parts and wholes emerge from the flows between them. Assemblage is at once both material ...

Google previewThe Pennsylvania Medical Journal (1907)

The spirit which pervades such an assemblage is the desire for improvement, to advance the ...

Google previewThe Politics of Widening Participation and University Access for Young People (2016)

Making Educational Futures by Valerie Harwood, Anna Hickey-Moody, Samantha McMahon, Sarah O'Shea

The employment of two forms of the assemblage is a strategic use of these ideas: the ways Deleuze and Guattari advance the ...

Google previewThe Politics of Resource Extraction (2012)

Indigenous Peoples, Multinational Corporations and the State by Suzana Sawyer, Edmund Terence Gomez

and those variously inspired by them, an assemblage is an entity – be it an identity, bureaucracy, organization, or nation state, and so on – whose properties emerge from the interactions ...

Google previewLife in the World's Oceans (2011)

Diversity, Distribution, and Abundance by Alasdair McIntyre

The holozooplankton assemblage is the focus of the Census of Marine Zooplankton (CMarZ;, which has produced comprehensive new information on species diversity, distribution, abundance, biomass, and genetic diversity.

Google previewCultural Globalization (2010)

A User's Guide by J. MacGregor Wise

An assemblage is a heterogeneous collection of people and things (Wise, 2005). These collections of things are both structured (by families, societies, cultures, and institutions) and contingent (relying on the availability of resources, individual ...

Google previewThe Deleuze Dictionary Revised Edition (2010)

by Adrian Parr

ASSEMBLAGE + ARCHITECTURE 19 themselves develop new territories. Deleuze and Guattari, in defining a territory,

An assemblage emerges when a function emerges; ideally it is innovative and productive. The result of a productive ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Performance and Contemporary Theatre (2016)

by Patrice Pavis

ASSEMBLAGE. ENSAMBLAJE This term from the visual arts applies to collage** and the juxtaposition of objects found in, or taken from, the environment, objects that, by a process of aesthetic détournement,* assume another meaning.

Google previewThe Deleuze and Guattari Dictionary (2013)

by Eugene B. Young

Territorial Assemblage: The vertical side of the assemblage and the territorializing movement that creates assemblages; the other side of strata that works in solidarity with coded milieus on a horizontal axis. the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Plant Sciences (2012)

by Michael Allaby

assemblage. A collection of plants and/or animals characteristically associated with a particular environment. They can be used as an indicator of that environment (e.g. in geobotanical exploration). The term has a neutral connotation. Its use ...

Google previewA new and enlarged military dictionary, or, Alphabetical explanation of technical terms (1810)

by Charles James

Assemblage: en triangle, Fr. the-ini- grafting together two pieces. of upright timber , by means of triangular tenons, so that the joining does .not appear, except at the fastenings. Assemblage quarr't, Fr. pieces of wood ingrafted together in ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Sculpting Techniques (2003)

by John Plowman

Assemblage was pioneered earlier this century and uses everyday objects, bringing them together to make a sculpture. A successful assemblage focuses our perception on what the sculpture represents or is doing and not on ...

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The International Brigades provided a shock force while the Republic trained and organized an army from an assemblage of individuals. The Spanish people knew they were not fighting alone. (Bill Alexander)
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