• WordNet 3.6
    • v amass collect or gather "Journals are accumulating in my office","The work keeps piling up"
    • v amass 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: Parker Brothers was founded by George Swinerton Parker, 18, in 1885. The first game produced was 'Banking,' in which the player who amasses the most wealth is the winner.
    • n Amass A mass; a heap.
    • v. t Amass To collect into a mass or heap; to gather a great quantity of; to accumulate; as, to amass a treasure or a fortune; to amass words or phrases. "The life of Homer has been written by amassing all the traditions and hints the writers could meet with."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • amass To collect into a mass or heap; bring together a great amount, quantity, or number of: as, to amass a fortune.
    • n amass An assemblage, a heap, or an accumulation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Amass a-mas′ to gather in large quantity: to accumulate
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ambusher, LL. amassare; L. ad, + massa, lump, mass. See Mass
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. amasser—L. ad, to, and massa, a mass.


In literature:

Kruger seems to have amassed great wealth by doubtful means.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
He succeeded in amassing no fewer than 600,000 traditions, of which he selected only 7275 as trustworthy.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
A vast treasure had been amassed by the Spaniards.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
The Mexicans lived in relative comfort and even luxury, and amassed wealth.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
Darsie and Hannah had amassed between them quite a stock of furnishings.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He was of humble origin, though he had amassed great wealth and possessed a remarkable capacity for administration.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
My deah, you will amass fortunes!
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Why is it, with these means of amassing and guarding wealth, that we are so poor and paltry?
"Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry" by Thomas Davis
He amassed a considerable fortune and left the path of life much easier for his kin to pursue.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 1157, March 5, 1898" by Various
In this way the Bibliotaph had amassed his seemingly phenomenal knowledge of books.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
He procured many valuable patents, and amassed a fortune.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Everybody knows that he amassed much, and never passed a day without adding to his store.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
Among the students engaged in amassing light and learning at the University of Munich, there were a number of foreigners.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
After toiling through life to amass a fortune, they wish to have their own way of disposing of it.
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
He was returning to Holland with the riches which he had amassed.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
All the infinitesimals of the past are amassed into the present.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
I am an old South-Sea merchant myself, and I have amassed a large collection of beautiful objects from the islands.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
There is a capacity for amassing facts, but no power of co-ordinating these facts.
"Immortal Memories" by Clement Shorter
What profits accrue are amassed, intact.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866" by Various
Addison amassed as much as three folios of manuscript materials before he began writing.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various

In poetry:

All these he does amass and share,
In ways that most excel:
'Mong all the husbands ever were,
Thy Husband bears the bell.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
As turns the great amassment of the tide,
Drawn of the silver despot to her throne,
So turn the destined souls, so far and wide
The strong deep claims its own.
"Kismet" by Jean Ingelow
Years upon years, as a watch by night that passes,
Pass, and the light of their eyes is fire that sears
Slowly the hopes of the fruit that life amasses
Years upon years.
"Recollections" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Yet though averse to gold in heaps amass'd,
I wish to bless, I languish to bestow;
And though no friend to Fame's obstreperous blast,
Still to her dulcet murmurs not a foe.
"Elegy VII. He Describes His Vision to An Acquaintance" by William Shenstone
Beautiful, oh beautiful—
In all the mountain passes
The plenteous dowers of April showers,
Which every spring amasses,
To bring about thro' summer drought
The blossoming of the grasses.
"Beautiful, Oh Beautiful--" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
The pool
Pranked at the edges with pale peppermint,
A rare amassment of veined cuckoo flowers
And flags blue-green was lying below. This all
Was sight it condescended not to words
Till memory kissed the charmed dream.
"The Beginning" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Cosmetics executive Leonard Lauder has enlisted Sotheby's to help him auction off at least $13.4 million worth of jewelry amassed over the years by his wife, Evelyn, and mother, Estée.
At 6'8, Williamson has amassed more than 1,000 points in his high school career at First Baptist Academy in Naples.
Amassing Massive Mass short on history, long on licks.
Courtesy photo Amassing Massive Mass is a local instrumental rock band.
In amassing an army of followers, the pontiff joined an elite circle of prolific tweeters.
Ask Daily Pint owner Philip McGovern why he started amassing one of the largest Scotch collections in L.A 15 years ago, and you?ll likely hear a grunt about the customers who pestered him to do it.
A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked the sale of a dozen items from Evander Holyfield's boxing career during an upcoming auction of hundreds of personal items and memorabilia amassed by the former heavyweight champion.
Over his lifetime Cureton has amassed a collection of 65-hundred minerals which he recently sold to the University of Arizona for scientific research.
The Museum is located on Highway 59 South near the Settlement, and features thousands of fossils, artifacts, and unique and one of a kind collections that have been amassed by Dr Neal Naranjo over the past 50+ years.
William "Bill" Blair Jr has amassed an out-of-the-ordinary storehouse of experiences in his 90 years.
Danish mission to amass data for North Pole claim.
Crowds have been amassing all day to see the giant glitter ball hoisted up to the top of its pole, to drop down again at the stroke of midnight.
Even though he amassed over 300 wins as a head coach, he was proud to be more of a mentor than a coach.
New York's Movie Star News amassed almost 3 million film stills, posters and negatives over 73 years.
Michael Schiess has amassed the world's largest collection of rare pinball machines.

In science:

We thank our SBF and SMAC survey collaborators Ed Ajhar, Roger Davies, Alan Dressler, David Schlegel, and Russell Smith for their help in amassing and processing these data sets.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
In fact, the GC radial velocities now amassed for these galaxies constitute the two largest radial velocity samples yet assembled for pure Population II tracers in early-type galaxies.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
To complement our spectroscopic survey, we were able to amass sufficient photometric observations to produce light curves for many of the novae in our survey.
A Spectroscopic and Photometric Survey of Novae in M31
However, despite the considerable data amassed in recent years, evidence for distinct nova populations in extragalactic systems is conflicting.
A Spectroscopic and Photometric Survey of Novae in M31
These include the sourcing and maintenance of collections of human material suitable for gene expression studies, bridging the expertise in both biological and informatics areas, and amassing and making accessible data from multiple laboratories and studies.
An e-Infrastructure for Collaborative Research in Human Embryo Development
The self-organised complexity of an evolving agent population is the clustering, amassing of same or similar sequences, around the optimum genome (Begon et al., 1996).
Self-Organisation of Evolving Agent Populations in Digital Ecosystems
As a result we have amassed a set of nearly 1500 spectroscopical ly classified supernovae of which a good fraction were detected prior to maximum.
Cosmic Explosions (Optical Transients)
The huge literature on Bayesian methods is more than mere crank turning; it amasses significant experience with this sophisticated machinery t hat astronomers should mine to guide development of new Bayesian methods, or to re fin e existing ones.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future
To increase the utility of such data, workers have amassed it in great quantity.
The Velocity Field from Type Ia Supernovae Matches the Gravity Field from Galaxy Surveys
Because HVS are relatively rare, it was previously not feasible to amass sufficiently large numbers of such stars to go beyond the “smoking-gun” prediction that there should be young, blue stars in the halo.
Old-Population Hypervelocity Stars from the Galactic Center: Limits from the SDSS
Our group has amassed a considerable database of precision linear spectropolarimetry measurements from a broad range (about 100) of “imbedded ” stars.
Using Absorptive Linear Polarization Spectroscopy to Understand Imbedded Stars
Network pricing is a related topic amassing research effort more recently.
Exploring Network Economics
The easiest way to join the algorithms is to amass their selection spaces, as follows.
Operator Coefficient Methods for Linear Equations
The upcoming Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy eXperiment (HETDEX; Ref. 1) will amass a sample of ∼ 0.8 million Lyα emitting galaxies (LAE) to be used as tracers of large-scale structure for constraining dark energy and measuring its possible evolution from 1.9 < z < 3.5.
Methods for evaluating the performance of volume phase holographic gratings for the VIRUS spectrograph array