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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
merge
verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
together
▪ He hardly comprehended what had been happening; the reality and unreality merged together like a nightmare or a melodrama.
▪ During the 30 seconds they would begin together, gradually move apart and then merge together again.
▪ All these diverse atmospheres merge together beautifully to create a most delightful and unique East Lindsey market town.
■ NOUN
bank
▪ Small banks are also merging at a furious pace, a trend expected to continue in 1996.
▪ You must check your insurance when banks merge.
business
▪ The old Metal Box company merged its can-making business with Carnaud in 1989.
▪ The exercised shares, however, were then placed in a new performance plan created for the merged businesses.
company
▪ The old Metal Box company merged its can-making business with Carnaud in 1989.
▪ Although the two companies will merge financially, Bell said Excite would keep the McKinley name in cyberspace.
▪ The two companies have now merged into one - Grupo Cruzcampo - with three divisions, covering sales, marketing and operations.
▪ Hoge said that if this merger was approved, other local Bell companies also would merge.
▪ The companies will merge technology platforms, which will be more efficient and cut costs.
▪ Several rail companies have merged since mid-1994 in an effort to slim operations and bolster specific routes.
▪ Basil de Ferranti was chairman of the company until it merged with International Signal and Control, a takeover which he supported.
▪ Speculation continues that the company may merge or be taken over by another company, such as Sun Microsystems or Oracle Corp.
firm
▪ As financial firms merged, long-standing relationships with lawyers inevitably were threatened.
▪ I met Peter when our firms merged.
▪ Within six months, Edwin announced that his firm would soon be merging with the discounter that had been its chief nemesis.
▪ As a firm with which to merge, the underperforming Liggett is hardly alluring.
operation
▪ Some obstacles exist, however, such as merging their wireless operations.
▪ He added that there are no plans to merge the Ketchum public-relations operations with its existing public-relations agency, Porter Novelli.
party
▪ In Minnesota and Virginia, the Reform Party has merged with existing parties that are on the ballots.
plan
▪ The first phase of the plan merges the two railways into the new.
▪ The plan to merge Hemlo and Battle Mountain Gold has been in the works for two years.
▪ The United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, has argued that the two plans should be merged.
▪ The exercised shares, however, were then placed in a new performance plan created for the merged businesses.
■ VERB
agree
▪ Chairman John Snow, whose railroads agreed to merge and who have been fighting a Norfolk Southern counteroffer.
▪ Co. and Morgan Stanley Group Inc., announced they had agreed to merge.
begin
▪ The revolutionary Marxist ideology adopted by the intelligentsia began to merge with the working-class movement.
▪ This last instance of the stylistics of manner begins to merge into the stylistics of embellishment, self-reference or representation.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ After a while, the trail we were on merged with another, bigger trail.
▪ Expect delays where freeway traffic merges.
▪ He wanted to merge his company with a South African mining firm.
▪ In 1969, Cadbury merged with Schweppes, changing the whole character of the company.
▪ The library profession is merging new techniques with old to produce an unbeatable combination of management skills.
▪ The store is just near where South Street merges with Washburn Street.
▪ The two banks have announced plans to merge next year.
▪ There are plans to merge the two most successful TV channels.
▪ When you get into London the two roads merge.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A pool of light, expanding circles, merging, dragging me down.
▪ In the factories of bioengineering firms and in the chips of neural-net computers, the organic and the machine are merging.
▪ The colors would soon disperse, merging with others and moving on or fading as the night appeared.
▪ The Garlands seem to have merged into the landscape.
▪ The process of merging accelerated during the period we shall be looking at.
▪ The two companies have now merged into one - Grupo Cruzcampo - with three divisions, covering sales, marketing and operations.
▪ There are, however, strong arguments against forcing charities to merge.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
merge

merge \merge\ (m[~e]rj), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Merged (m[~e]rjd); p. pr. & vb. n. Merging (m[~e]r"j[i^]ng).] [L. mergere, mersum. Cf. Emerge, Immerse, Marrow.] To cause to be swallowed up; to immerse; to sink; to absorb.

To merge all natural . . . sentiment in inordinate vanity.
--Burke.

Whig and Tory were merged and swallowed up in the transcendent duties of patriots.
--De Quincey.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
merge

1630s, "to plunge or sink in," from Latin mergere "to dip, dip in, immerse, plunge," probably rhotacized from *mezgo, from PIE *mezg- "to dip, plunge" (cognates: Sanskrit majjati "dives under," Lithuanian mazgoju "to wash"). Legal sense of "absorb an estate, contract, etc. into another" is from 1726. Related: Merged; merging. As a noun, from 1805.

Wiktionary
merge

n. A joining together of two flows. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To combine into a whole. 2 (context intransitive English) To combine into a whole. 3 To blend gradually into something else.

WordNet
merge
  1. v. become one; "Germany unified officially in 1990"; "Will the two Koreas unify?" [syn: unify, unite] [ant: disunify]

  2. mix together different elements; "The colors blend well" [syn: blend, flux, mix, conflate, commingle, immix, fuse, coalesce, meld, combine]

  3. join or combine; "We merged our resources" [syn: unite, unify]

Wikipedia
Merge

Merge, merging, or merger may refer to:

Merge (software)

Merge is a software system which allows a user to run DOS/ Windows 3.1 on SCO UNIX, in an 8086 virtual machine.

Merge (version control)

Merging (also called integration) in version control, is a fundamental operation that reconciles multiple changes made to a version-controlled collection of files. Most often, it is necessary when a file is modified by two people on two different computers at the same time. When two branches are merged, the result is a single collection of files that contains both sets of changes.

In some cases, the merge can be performed automatically, because there is sufficient history information to reconstruct the changes, and the changes do not conflict. In other cases, a person must decide exactly what the resulting files should contain. Many revision control software tools include merge capabilities.

Merge (SQL)

A relational database management system uses SQL MERGE (also called upsert) statements to [[insert (SQL)|INSERT]] new records or [[update (SQL)|UPDATE]] existing records depending on whether condition matches. It was officially introduced in the SQL:2003 standard, and expanded in the SQL:2008 standard.

Merge (linguistics)

Merge (usually capitalized) is one of the basic operations in the Minimalist Program, a leading approach to generative syntax, when two syntactic objects are combined to form a new syntactic unit (a set). Merge also has the property of recursion in that it may apply to its own output: the objects combined by Merge are either lexical items or sets that were themselves formed by Merge. This recursive property of Merge has been claimed to be a fundamental characteristic that distinguishes language from other cognitive faculties. As Noam Chomsky (1999) puts it, Merge is "an indispensable operation of a recursive system ... which takes two syntactic objects A and B and forms the new object G={A,B}" (p. 2).

Merge (traffic)

In traffic engineering, the late merge or zipper method is a convention for merging traffic into a reduced number of lanes. Drivers in merging lanes are expected to use both lanes to advance to the lane reduction point and merge at that location, alternating turns.

The late merge method contrasts with the early merge method. A related scheme is the dynamic late merge.

The late merge method has not been found to increase throughput (throughput is the number of vehicles that pass through a point in a given period of time). However, it considerably reduces queue ("backup") length (because drivers use the ending lane until its end) and reduces speed differences between the two lanes, increasing safety.

Governments hold campaigns to promote the late merge method because irritation, aggression and feelings of insecurity easily occur while "zipping". Often drivers who change lanes too early do not like to see other drivers continue until the end of the drop-away lane, even though this late merging is encouraged by the authorities. In Belgium and Germany, a driver can be penalized for not using the late merge method. In Austria only where a traffic sign so indicates.

Most states in the United States require merging traffic to yield to through traffic which already exists in the lane they wish to enter. This further complicates the common understanding of proper merging protocol, as even though zipper merging is widely encouraged, those doing so are still legally required to yield, and those who choose not to let them merge are not technically doing anything wrong legally.

Usage examples of "merge".

The aeroplane, after it had attained a few hundred feet, seemed to merge into the dark background of night sky.

Minutes later his airmobile was at two thousand feet and climbing to merge into an eastbound traffic corridor with the rainbow towers of Houston gleaming in the sunlight on the skyline ahead.

Despite the acrimonious disputes between them, the Let It Be sessions merged with very little gap into sessions for what was to become their next released album, Abbey Road.

We know that once the Landers were on the ground, they came together, kinda merged into larger Amalgam Creatures.

Once the worlds are torn up, the Amalgams would merge together and form black box monsters.

Hal said, as the shapes of the anchored ships began to merge with the dark mass of the forest behind them.

If men and women are to be truly equal, should masculinity and femininity merge into one androgynous, indivisible form of gender, or should we seek to remove the sexual connotation from gender altogether?

At first the idea of merging masculinity and femininity in order to create an androgynous society recalls the bland, androgynous Chinese society of Maozedong.

In each particular human being we must admit the existence of the authentic Intellective Act and of the authentically knowable object--though not as wholly merged into our being, since we are not these in the absolute and not exclusively these--and hence our longing for absolute things: it is the expression of our intellective activities: if we sometimes care for the partial, that affection is not direct but accidental, like our knowledge that a given triangular figure is made up of two right angles because the absolute triangle is so.

The falcon bated again, thrashing furious wings, and Romilly struggled to maintain the sense of herself, not merging into the terror and fury of the angry bird, at the same time trying to send out waves of calm.

It proved that Balloon Bight and another bight had merged to form a great bay, exactly as described by Sir Ernest Shackleton, and named by him the Bay of Whales.

The winter of 1822 was passed in Pisa, if we might call that season winter in which autumn merged into spring after the interval of but few days of bleaker weather.

The blocker would gene-tailor out the specific enzymes that made merge necessary for her body, but sometimes it took a clinic to keep you from going back to what your mind still wanted.

From time to time, at the edges of his field of vision, Mondaugen would see small scurrying bands of Bondels, seeming almost to merge with the twilight, moving in and out of the small settlement in every direction.

By merging the greater with the lesser royal stables, he saved two to four million livres, though in so doing he much provoked the Queen, who saw her favorite, the Duc de Coigny, made redundant.