• WordNet 3.6
    • n accumulator (computer science) a register that has a built-in adder that adds an input number to the contents of the register
    • n accumulator a voltaic battery that stores electric charge
    • n accumulator a person who is employed to collect payments (as for rent or taxes)
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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
    • Accumulator A system of elastic springs for relieving the strain upon a rope, as in deep-sea dredging.
    • Accumulator (Mech) An apparatus by means of which energy or power can be stored, such as the cylinder or tank for storing water for hydraulic elevators, the secondary or storage battery used for accumulating the energy of electrical charges, etc.
    • Accumulator One who, or that which, accumulates, collects, or amasses.
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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.
    • n accumulator One who or that which gathers, accumulates, or amasses.
    • n accumulator One who takes university degrees by accumulation (which see).
    • n accumulator Anything used for collecting and storing energy, etc. Specifically, in mech.: An india-rubber spring serving for the storage of energy to be utilized for lifting and other purposes. An elastic section of a dredge-line, so placed as to prevent a sudden breaking strain. An apparatus used principally in connection with hydraulic machines as an equalizer of pressure, or for the accumulation of energy to be expended intermittently, as in hydraulic cranes, elevators, riveters, etc. It consists of a cylinder fitted with a plunger, having at its upper end a cross-head or cap, to which are secured the weights necessary for the desired pressure. The water forced into the cylinder raises the plunger, whose weight, reacting upon the water, transmits this pressure to the operating machinery. The total force, less friction, which can be expended is measured by the product of the weight of the plunger and its load into the distance traversed by it. The joint capacity of the force-pumps which supply the cylinder is such as will, by continuous running, accumulate in the cylinder during periods of inaction an amount equal to that expended during a maximum effort. In another form, called the hydropneumatic accumulator, the water within the cylinder compresses air, which reacts upon it, thus serving as a substitute for the weights.
    • n accumulator In electricity: A condenser (which see). A storage battery (which see, under battery).
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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.
    • n Accumulator a thing or person that accumulates, esp. an apparatus for storing electricity
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  • Graham Greene
    “Unhappiness in a child accumulates because he sees no end to the dark tunnel. The thirteen weeks of a term might just as well be thirteen years.”
  • Clarence Day
    Clarence Day
    “Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts.”
  • H.G. Wells
    “Biologically the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning.”
  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—ad, to, cumulus, a heap.


In literature:

She had accumulated a whole lot of facts about women in industry from Barry Lake and Jane.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
What makes the difference between the two is accumulated knowledge, the mind.
"New York Times Current History: The European War, Vol 2, No. 1, April, 1915" by Various
Accumulating is not ceasing to be meaning increasing.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
A great accumulation of wealth for one country, large as that country is!
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
This desire of accumulation is a principle without which the means of their service to the state could not exist.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Muscles subjected to less stimulus have their sensorial power accumulated.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
The evidence accumulates as we pursue our investigations.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
It was about this time that Judge Merlin was heard often to complain of the great accumulation of correspondence upon his hands.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
The water that accumulates now, from rain and infiltration, is lifted out by the sun force as exhibited in wind on windmills.
"Among the Forces" by Henry White Warren
On the plains, in our latitude, we rarely have the accumulated layers of several successive snow-storms preserved one above another.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 74, December, 1863" by Various
What would be the use of accumulating materials which one could not have time to work up?
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by James Marchant
When a liberal pile of these had been accumulated at the entrance of the tent, David proceeded to lay the bed.
"Troop One of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
This work was one of the then accumulating evidences of woman's adaptation to medical study.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
What is accumulated, must be principally from commerce and manufactures.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
It then forms a pocket in which sebaceous matter, semen, urine, etc., accumulate and decompose.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
They may be overlaid by subsequent accumulations, but they are still ready for use.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
And it may aid Mr. Dunnock and others in accumulating a fortune.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
The poetry in these systems of thought, is concealed by the accumulation of facts and calculating processes.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
There was an improving agriculture, an increasing commerce, and, the necessary consequence thereof, germs of art, the accumulation of wealth.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
Soon this treasure of waters thus accumulated, is restored to the thirsty earth by a largely increased rainfall.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson

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:

In said city, I noticed that there were little piles of stuff accumulated on the medians of the main roads.
Dick Morley , creator of the modern PLC, provides wit and accumulated wisdom to how a simple understanding of technology and marketing can supply the core for a successful new product.
L 64-57 Did not play or did not accumulate any stats.
L 78-72 (2OT) Did not play or did not accumulate any stats.
Mount Everest is an entity that accumulates numbers, but which numbers can scarcely appraise.
Minnesota approached the 100-traffic fatality milestone for the year, just prior to the historically deadly Memorial Day weekend, a period that has accumulated 29 deaths during the last five years (nine in 2010 and 13 in 2009).
Drought-stricken forages that accumulate nitrates can kill grazing livestock, quickly, warns a University of Missouri plant scientist.
Many plants, even ryegrass and fescue, can accumulate nitrates when soil moisture becomes short.
When plant growth is slowed or stopped, nitrates can accumulate in the plant.
Accumulations of this amount of snow are unusual at sea level but this was also the first time we have seen ice in the harbor.
This entire manuscript "Internalization of C60 fullerenes into cancer cells with accumulation in the nucleus via the nuclear pore complex" can be found in the January 2012 issue of Biomaterials or at www.
The potential for accumulation of trace inorganic contaminants within drinking water distribution systems (DWDSs) has attracted considerable attention over the past several years.
Some reports suggests the oil has accumulated in large, undersea plumes.
Accumulations will be very minor through the daytime hours.
Using handcrafted knives, they shave down fingerboards, adjust soundposts and bridges and re-hair bows as piles of wood shavings accumulate at their feet.

In science:

One boundary results in an excursion of the RW which is such that enough Zeeman energy (2J ) is accumulated to form a domain, but if the other one is met first the try is finished and a new one is started.
Low Temperature Properties of the Random Field Potts Chain
Figure 4 shows the numerical results for the accumulated Zeeman energy HZ as a function of domain length ld for different field amplitudes hr .
Low Temperature Properties of the Random Field Potts Chain
The spallation products can be stable nucleotides, which accumulate over time, or they can be unstable.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
This is because Be isotopes are basically formed as spallation products. 9Be is stable and therefore accumulates with time.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
One way to prove this, is to look at age distributions of Iron meteorites which were CR exposure dated using a method in which the stable isotope that accumulates is sensitive primarily to the solar cosmic-ray flux.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
The particle spectrometer shown on fig 1 will be able to accumulate statistics larger by 3 to 4 orders of magnitudes than those measured so far by other embarked experiments, for all the species of particles studied.
The RICH counter of the AMS experiment
The gain layer grows and thus more gas can accumulate in the neutrinoheating region.
Explosion Mechanisms of Massive Stars
Although the differences at early postbounce times are moderate (10–30%, depending on the quantity) the accumulating effects during the first 80 ms after bounce clearly damp the shock expansion and finally lead to a dramatic shock recession after the initial phase of expansion.
Explosion Mechanisms of Massive Stars
The results are based on an accumulated charge of about 0.45 C/cm2 , corresponding to about 4 years of LHCb running at the highest background rate.
First results from an aging test of a prototype RPC for the LHCb Muon System
A, the set of accumulation points of Aδ , when δ goes to 1.
Ballistic random walks in random environment at low disorder
To further test the already accumulated knowledge on synchronization, it would be desirable to find models where at least some of these properties could be computed analytically.
Synchronization of Random Linear Maps
We also compare the kinematic properties of the GC system of M49 to those of M87, M31, and the Milky Way: the other galaxies for which samples of one hundred or more GC velocities have been accumulated.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
To date, in only two spiral galaxies have samples of a hundred or more GC velocities been accumulated: the Milky Way and M31.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
Vertical bars show in an arbitrary scale the position and height for each state while the solid line displays the accumulated contributions to the S 1 sum rule.
Symmetry breaking and the random-phase approximation in small quantum dots
We look at how asset exchange models can be mapped to random iterated function systems (IFS) giving new insights into the dynamics of wealth accumulation in such models.
Stochastic Maps, Wealth Distribution in Random Asset Exchange Models and the Marginal Utility of Relative Wealth