cumulo-, cumul-, cumuli-
(Latin: a heap, heap up; gather together, bunch together, cram, amass, compile; pile up)
2. To gather or to pile up; to amass.
3. Etymology: When, in colloquial speech, a man refers to the accumulating of a fortune as "making his pile", he is using exactly the same figurative language as that which first suggested the word accumulate.
Cumulus is Latin for "a heap" or "pile", and cumulare means "to pile up:. With the prefix ad, "to", we have accumulare, "to heap together", which is the source of our English word accumulate.
If a person has an interest-bearing account, the interest will make the accumulation even larger.2. Several things that are grouped together or which are considered as a whole.
3. The act of gathering or amassing, as into a heap or a pile: The accumulation of leaves blocked the drain pipe from the roof of the house.
2. An increase in the concentration of a pollutant from external conditions to the first organism in a food chain: The accumulation of chemicals by organisms present in the environment, most often are expressed as the ratio of the concentration of a chemical in the organism to that in the medium, usually water.
3. The increasing concentration of a compound, usually applied to fat soluble pesticides; such as, DDT, in the bodies of living organisms at successively higher levels in the food chain.
Also known as: "biological amplification" and "biomagnification".
cumbered with a painful back after he slipped on the wet floor and fell down.
3. To litter or to clutter up: After so much rain and warm weather, weeds have been cumbering the path ways in the city park.
2. Referring to something that is complicated and hard to do: Jane had to fill out a cumbersome application for a job which was very time consuming and hard to understand.
3. Relating to any thing that is long and difficult to read or to say: Harriet's expanded job title is really a cumbersome one to remember and even to use when talking about it.
4. Something that is awkward or difficult to carry, to move, to manipulate, to deal with, or to handle because it is heavy, large, or clumsy: It is said that the medieval suit of armor, while cumbersome, was an effective protective body covering during battles.
Jake and James struggled to move Jane's cumbersome piano to a different room.
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2. A lot of trouble or bother.