• WordNet 3.6
    • n accumulation the act of accumulating
    • n accumulation several things grouped together or considered as a whole
    • n accumulation (finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation
    • n accumulation an increase by natural growth or addition
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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
    • Accumulation (Physics) etc. Physics See under Accumulation Conservation Correlation, etc.
    • Accumulation The act of accumulating, the state of being accumulated, or that which is accumulated; as, an accumulation of earth, of sand, of evils, of wealth, of honors.
    • Accumulation (Law) The concurrence of several titles to the same proof.
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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 accumulation The act of accumulating, or state of being accumulated; an amassing; a collecting together.
    • n accumulation Growth by continuous additions, as the addition of interest to principal. Specifically, in law: The adding of the interest or income of a fund to the principal, pursuant to the provisions of a will or deed preventing its being expended. The law imposes restrictions on the power of a testator or creator of a trust to prohibit thus the present beneficial enjoyment of a fund in order to increase it for a future generation, The concurrence of several titles to the same thing, or of several circumstances to the same proof: more correctly, cumulation.
    • n accumulation That which is accumulated; a heap, mass, or aggregation: as, a great accumulation of sand at the mouth of a river.
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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 Accumulation a heaping up: a heap, mass, or pile
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  • 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.”
  • 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. accumulatio,; cf. F. accumulation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—ad, to, cumulus, a heap.


In literature:

But this involved accuracy of the thing makes it very difficult to do what I now have to do, to describe this accumulation of truth.
"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton
Its surface, by this accumulation of absorbed rays, becomes considerably heated.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Paper currency streamed from the press and debts were accumulated.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
The crowding of people into the capital and the accumulation of resources there promoted a rich cultural life.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
The kings of Asia had accumulated enormous treasure and this the Roman generals transported to Rome.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
Besides these matrimonial accumulations, the accounts seem to indicate that he was rich before.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Sometimes fluid accumulates around a foreign body within its capsule, constituting a cyst.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
With great difficulty he recovered them, battered, crushed, and covered with the filthy accumulation upon the floor.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
On all of these points we are accumulating considerable information that it is hoped may be of some practical value.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Intense fear causes great drops of perspiration to accumulate on the skin, while the salivary glands remain inactive.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce

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:

Pneumothorax is an accumulation of air or gas in the pleural space.
From this gradual accumulation of minutiae, this keen awareness, poems emerge.
Penney said Monday that it has adopted a shareholder rights plan, or so-called poison pill , in light of "recent rapid accumulations of a significant percentage of the company's outstanding common stock".
Recently I have been looking at my accumulation of old family papers, with an eye to what should be kept, and what recycled.
In our corner of this globally warmed world, a century or more of accumulated growing wisdom is being thrown out the greenhouse door with bathwater and baby.
Over time, once enough misfolded proteins accumulate, brain degeneration occurs.
The Golden State continues to lead the nation in accumulating public debt , a race where being in first place isn't the same thing as winning.
W 66-62 (OT) Did not play or did not accumulate any stats.
W 92-63 Did not play or did not accumulate any stats.
W 47-40 Did not play or did not accumulate any stats.
Reclassification of items out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income.
He scored the only Tiger run for the team and accumulated a total of 117 yards for the Tigers during their game on Friday, Nov 2.
I've already run seriously short on time again for this posting due to accumulating deadlines and last-minute assignments from a variety of sources.
Sweet sorghum , like its close relative, sugarcane, has been bred to accumulate high levels of edible sugars in the stem.
At the end of the reading the participants threw bread into the water, symbolically casting away their accumulated sins at the beginning of the Jewish New Year.

In science:

To date, no significant accumulation has been detected.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
In the next series of models we include radiative cooling and allow the cooled gas to accumulate at the origin as in the models of Tozzi & Norman (2000).
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
Next we repeat some of these models with a cooling recipe similar to that used by Nulsen & Fabian (1997) in which the cooled gas accumulates not at the origin, but in spatially extended structures, as if it had formed into a collisionless stellar system.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
When a tophat perturbation is imposed, the dark matter flows toward the perturbation as a pressure-free gas and accumulates in an extended, static, spherically symmetric structure.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
He showed that the converging pressure-free flow accumulates in an essentially stationary core which grows masswise from the inside outward, as if newly arriving matter were added at the outer boundary of the core.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating