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 Dictionary entry overview: What does accumulation mean? 

  The noun ACCUMULATION has 4 senses:

1. an increase by natural growth or addition
2. several things grouped together or considered as a whole
3. the act of accumulating
4. (finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation

  Familiarity information: ACCUMULATION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1accumulation [BACK TO TOP]


An increase by natural growth or addition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes


accretion; accumulation

Hypernyms ("accumulation" is a kind of...):

growth; increase; increment (a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "accumulation"):

backup (an accumulation caused by clogging or a stoppage)

buildup (the result of the process of accumulation)

deposit; deposition (the natural process of laying down a deposit of something)

Sense 2accumulation [BACK TO TOP]


Several things grouped together or considered as a whole

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects


aggregation; collection; accumulation; assemblage

Hypernyms ("accumulation" is a kind of...):

group; grouping (any number of entities (members) considered as a unit)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "accumulation"):

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 ((astronomy) a hypothetical huge collection of comets orbiting the sun far beyond the orbit of Pluto; perturbations (as by other stars) can upset a comet's orbit and may send it tumbling toward the sun)

galaxy (a splendid assemblage (especially of famous people))

GAAP; generally accepted accounting practices (a collection of rules and procedures and conventions that define accepted accounting practice; includes broad guidelines as well as detailed procedures)

signage (signs collectively (especially commercial signs or posters))

fauna; zoology (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; class; family (a collection of things sharing a common attribute)

job lot (a miscellaneous collection of things sold together)

bundle; package; packet; parcel (a collection of things wrapped or boxed together)

defence; defense; defense lawyers; defense team (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)

extragalactic nebula; galaxy ((astronomy) a collection of star systems; any of the billions of systems each having many stars and nebulae and dust)

fleet (a group of warships organized as a tactical unit)

fleet (group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership)

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

menagerie (a collection of live animals for study or display)

data; information (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)

botany; flora; vegetation (all the plant life in a particular region or period)

air power; aviation (the aggregation of a country's military aircraft)

traffic (the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time)

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)

assortment; miscellanea; miscellany; mixed bag; mixture; motley; potpourri; salmagundi; smorgasbord; variety (a collection containing a variety of sorts of things)

batch; clutch (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; expo; exposition (a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display)

convoy (a collection of merchant ships with an escort of warships)

smithereens (a collection of small fragments considered as a whole)

procession (the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation)

bottle collection (a collection of bottles)

bunch; caboodle; lot (any collection in its entirety)

coin collection (a collection of coins)

collage (any collection of diverse things)

content (everything that is included in a collection)

ensemble; tout 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)

book (a collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game)

book; rule book (a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made)

block (a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit)

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 ((statistics) 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 (especially unfilled customer orders for products or services))

battery (a collection of related things intended for use together)

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)

combination (a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities)

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 (historical and literary materials relating to Judaism)

kludge (a badly assembled collection of parts hastily assembled to serve some particular purpose (often used to refer to computing systems or software that has been badly put together))

library; program library; subroutine library ((computing) 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; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person)

biology; biota (all the plant and animal life of a particular region)

mass (an ill-structured collection of similar things (objects or people))

agglomerate; cumulation; cumulus; heap; mound; pile (a collection of objects laid on top of each other)

nuclear club (the nations possessing nuclear weapons)

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; sum total; summation (the final aggregate)

agglomeration (a jumbled collection or mass)

gimmickry (a collection of gimmicks)

pack (a complete collection of similar things)

Instance hyponyms:

French West Indies (the islands in the Lesser Antilles that are administered by France)

Magi; Wise Men ((New Testament) 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; because there were three gifts it is usually assumed that there were three of them)

Nag Hammadi; Nag Hammadi Library (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; the codices contain 45 distinct works including the chief sources of firsthand knowledge of Gnosticism)

Sense 3accumulation [BACK TO TOP]


The act of accumulating

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


accrual; accruement; accumulation

Hypernyms ("accumulation" is a kind of...):

increase; step-up (the act of increasing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "accumulation"):

buildup (the act of building up an accumulation)

Sense 4accumulation [BACK TO TOP]


(finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Hypernyms ("accumulation" is a kind of...):

earnings; lucre; net; net income; net profit; profit; profits (the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses))

Domain category:

finance (the branch of economics that studies the management of money and other assets)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "accumulation"):

fund; stock; store (a supply of something available for future use)

backlog; reserve; stockpile (something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose)

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