what does “congregate” mean, beyond its simple definition?

i could look it up but i’m asking you.

how many humans are required for a congregation? If it’s religious and two families get together, have they formed a congregation? how about two moms with a child each? two moms with one child between them?

can you congregate without forming a congregation? not enough others show up, or others show up who don’t agree with you? can one person congregate, if their intention is to assemble with others, who don’t make it?

if a corner is known for the fact that bums congregate there but at the moment, only one bum is present, is he congregating. perhaps instead of bum i should say indigent person.

animals can congregate, i imagine, but when, exactly? can wolves congregate around a kill, even if they’re already a pack? can disparate animals congregate at a watering hole? i think yes, they can, but if one animal shows up to eat another animal instead of drinking the water, it doesn’t feel to me that that predator is part of the congregation or that it is in fact congregating.

can germs congregate around a wound? can viruses, not strictly alive in all senses, some would say, congregate in a lympth node?

can water molecules congregate to form ice in the form of a snowflake?

what can assemble without congregating? do the helium atoms in a nebula, condensing to form a star, congregate?

just askin.


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