Pronunciation: (u-sem'blij; for 3, 4 also Fr. a-sän-blazh'), [key]
1. a group of persons or things gathered or collected; an assembly; collection; aggregate.
2. the act of assembling; state of being assembled.
3. Fine Arts.
a. a sculptural technique of organizing or composing into a unified whole a group of unrelated and often fragmentary or discarded objects.
b. a work of art produced by this technique. Cf. collage, found object, ready-made (def. 4).
4. Archaeol.the aggregate of artifacts and other remains found on a site, considered as material evidence in support of a theory concerning the culture or cultures inhabiting it.
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