• WordNet 3.6
    • v accumulate collect or gather "Journals are accumulating in my office","The work keeps piling up"
    • v accumulate get or gather together "I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife","She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis","She rolled up a small fortune"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Australian Graham Barker extracted his own belly button fluff every day for 18 years acquiring a record-breaking amount of fluff. He hopes to accumulate enough fluff to stuff a pillow
    • a Accumulate Collected; accumulated.
    • v. i Accumulate To grow or increase in quantity or number; to increase greatly. "Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
      Where wealth accumulates , and men decay."
    • v. t Accumulate To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together; to amass; as, to accumulate a sum of money.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most snow accumulation in a one-day period was 75.8 inches at Silver Lake, Colorado, in April 1921.
    • accumulate To heap up; collect or bring together; make a pile, mass, or aggregation of: as, to accumulate earth or stones; to accumulate money or sorrows.
    • accumulate To form by heaping up or collecting the parts or elements of; obtain by gathering in; amass: as, to accumulate wealth.
    • accumulate To grow in size, number, or quantity; go on increasing by successive additions: as, public evils accumulate.
    • accumulate To take degrees by accumulation, as in some English universities. See accumulation.
    • accumulate Collected into a mass or quantity; increased; intensified.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vaseline was created by Robert Chesebrough in 1870. He developed it after visiting Titusville, PA in 1859. While there he noticed that workers were treating cuts and burns with grease that accumulated on drill rods from the oil fields.
    • v.t Accumulate ak-kūm′ūl-āt to heap or pile up: to amass: to take degrees by accumulation, to take a higher degree at the same time with a lower, or at a shorter interval than usual
    • v.i Accumulate to increase greatly: to go on increasing
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  • Henry Brooks Adams
    “Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.”
  • Junius
    “One precedent creates another and they soon accumulate and constitute law. What yesterday was a fact, today is doctrine.”
  • Siddha Nagarjuna
    Siddha Nagarjuna
    “An anthill increases by accumulation. Medicine is consumed by distribution. That which is feared lessens by association. This is the thing to understand.”
  • Arthur Bloch
    Arthur Bloch
    “Friends come and go but enemies accumulate.”
  • Charles Dickens
    “Many merry Christmases, friendships, great accumulation of cheerful recollections, affection on earth, and Heaven at last for all of us.”
  • Thomas Jones
    Thomas Jones
    “Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. accumulatus, p. p. of accumulare,; ad, + cumulare, to heap. See Cumulate


In literature:

He had accumulated $60,000 in real estate, and had transacted $140,000 of business in a single year!
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
The electricity with which the air of the desert is absolutely saturated is gradually absorbed by the human body and stored as in an accumulator.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
It is the multiplied, accumulated opinion of all the people.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
The sand had evidently accumulated in the valley below there owing to wind and not to water.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The weft or rilling is narrow strips of all the clean and vari-colored rags that accumulate in a household.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Accumulator grids 83 63.
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
The abdomen may increase suddenly in volume from accumulation of gas in tympanic colic.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
I advise the gentle reader to think twice before accumulating ten millions.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Gigantic racked accumulators huddled in the corners.
"The Ultimate Weapon" by John Wood Campbell
The articles admit of accumulation, and ostentation is a new joy; they also admit of change and variety.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Stable manure may accumulate in a cellar for a couple of months, and still be first rate.
"Mushrooms: how to grow them" by William Falconer
Every accumulation becomes the means of new accumulation.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
When the bad news came the accumulation of trouble was too much for him.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878" by Various
Grease and dirt accumulate on the pipe.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
What's that but a drop in the bucket when your big magnates accumulate millions upon millions?
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
The key is man's power of accumulative selection.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
Accumulated pay or wages.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Our personality, which is being built up each instant with its accumulated experience, changes without ceasing.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
The Wildcat accumulated his winnings.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
You will find it, however, a very pleasant thing to sit at ease in your own parlor while your husband is accumulating a fortune.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

Is motherhood a trade you make
A living by?
And does the wealth you so may use,
Squander, accumulate, abuse,
Show motherhood as high?
"The Malingerer" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
The Keeper of the Sky has hasped his Doors,
Forgetting Zal's accumulative Roars,
And drunk with Night's Elixir, prone he lies
In Warp of dreamless Sleep - and Woof of Snores.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
And time rolls on!—time, charged with the redressing
Of past injustice, past forgetfulness,
Brings up the arrear-accumulated blessing,
And blesses men, in that it failed to bless.
"Changes Wrought" by John Bowring
"The common sin of babyhood - objecting to be drest -
If you leave it to accumulate at compound interest,
For anything you know, may represent, if you're alive,
A burglary or murder at the age of thirty-five.
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert
ENAMOURED of the belle, his lands he sold;
The family estates were turned to gold;
And many who the purchases had made,
With pelf accumulated by their trade,
Assumed the airs of men of noble birth:—
Fair subjects oft for ridicule and mirth!
"The Falcon" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

Chronic desperate juggling is the result of accumulated bad habits passed down from slavery and the post-slavery era.
MOST of us accumulate huge amounts of data in our lives — including e-mails, telephone calls and spikes of writing activity, as measured by daily keystrokes.
This summer's prolonged drought in Missouri has caused stricken corn plants to accumulate nitrates that can kill grazing livestock quickly.
Krishna Hegde, head of Asia credit research at Barclays, said a key factor driving the trend was the accumulation of funds from private banks and the limited amount of high-yielding Singapore-dollar assets to invest them in.
Video shows Garvey's pharmaceutical vial accumulator/ single-file conveyor system convert from mass flow to single-file vials.
Then spend that money before it accumulates and thickens in.
My cast-iron grill has accumulated some signature flavors over the years, so it's the cooking device of choice when it comes to skewers .
Snow accumulation potential before changeover to ice and/or rain.
The precipitation will be light, with minimal snow and ice accumulations expected.
However, sleet can accumulate of surfaces similar to snow and can cause slippery conditions.
The temperature is reported to drop to about 31 degrees on Friday with daytime snow accumulation of up to half an inch possible.
Slipstick Horizontal Motion Accumulating Conveyor.
The highest elevation reached was a mere 2,240 feet, but the elevation gain accumulated on this scenic and surprisingly rugged route was nearly 3,000 feet.
After an accumulated 34 days, including a bye week, the University of Louisville Cardinals returned to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for a homecoming clash with the University of South Florida Bulls.
Time flies after you accumulate four aces.

In science:

The ”energy density” (12) , stipulated by interaction, is created basically galaxies accumulations with the mass m ∼ 1015 − 1016M⊙ .
Macroscopic Einstein equations for a system of interacting particles and their cosmological applications
When getting this correlation we put 3kB T = m < v >2 , where < v > is an average chaotic velocity of galaxies accumulations, N = ρ0/m , but parameter rmax is estimated as < v > t0 , where t0 is the modern age of the Universe (refer to. , ).
Macroscopic Einstein equations for a system of interacting particles and their cosmological applications
It is clear from the QCD partition function that this is only possible if there is an accumulation of Dirac eigenvalues near zero.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
As discussed above in Sec. 1.1, spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking is encoded in an accumulation of the small Dirac eigenvalues; for the order parameter to be nonzero, we need ρ(0)/V > 0.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
There is an accumulation of eigenvalues on the imaginary axis for β = 1 and a depletion of eigenvalues along this axis for β = 4.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
However, accumulation of new observational facts and deeper insights into grain physics caused the changes of paradigms.
Physics of Grain Alignment
The accreted hydrogen and helium accumulates on the surface of the neutron star and periodically ignites and burns.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
This is because it takes hours to days to accumulate the fuel, but only a few seconds for the thermal instability to grow.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
We start in §2 by describing the hydrostatic structure of the atmosphere during fuel accumulation and the X-ray burst.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
The composition at the base of the layer depends on how much hydrogen has burned during the accumulation (Fujimoto, Hanawa & Miyaji 1981, hereafter FHM; Bildsten 1998), which is determined by the local accretion rate, ˙m.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
At lower accretion rates ˙m ∼< 0.03 ˙mEdd , there is enough time to burn all the hydrogen, and a pure helium layer accumulates which eventually ignites.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
The Accumulating Atmosphere The neutron star atmosphere is in hydrostatic balance as the accreted hydrogen and helium accumulates.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
As the matter accumulates, a given fluid element moves to greater and greater column depth.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
If helium ignites at a column depth y < yd , a mixed hydrogen/helium burning flash occurs, otherwise a pure helium lay er accumulates which eventually ignites at a column y > yd .
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Bildsten & Brown 1997), where n ≡ (d ln T /d ln P)S , cP is the heat capacity at constant pressure, and the terms on the right hand side describe the compression of the accumulating matter.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts