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cluster

[kluhs-ter]
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noun
  1. a number of things of the same kind, growing or held together; a bunch: a cluster of grapes.
  2. a group of things or persons close together: There was a cluster of tourists at the gate.
  3. U.S. Army. a small metal design placed on a ribbon representing an awarded medal to indicate that the same medal has been awarded again: oak-leaf cluster.
  4. Phonetics. a succession of two or more contiguous consonants in an utterance, as the str- cluster of strap.
  5. Astronomy. a group of neighboring stars, held together by mutual gravitation, that have essentially the same age and composition and thus supposedly a common origin.Compare globular cluster, open cluster, stellar association.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to gather into a cluster or clusters.
  2. to furnish or cover with clusters.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to form a cluster or clusters: The people clustered around to watch.
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Origin of cluster

before 900; Middle English; Old English cluster, clyster bunch; cognate with Low German kluster
Related formsclus·ter·ing·ly, adverbclus·ter·y, adjectivein·ter·clus·ter, adjectivesub·clus·ter, nounun·clus·tered, adjectiveun·clus·ter·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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8. group, gather, throng, crowd, bunch.
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Examples from the Web for cluster

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  • But see the church in the hollow, and the folk who cluster in the churchyard!

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Curious legends often cluster round these relics of ancient times.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • Did they not, at their own church, cluster together like bees, when they saw me enter it?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • He pointed down to a cluster of Lascars with white turbans on their heads.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Its cluster of snowy flowers suggested a corner of a royal garden.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for cluster

cluster

noun
  1. a number of things growing, fastened, or occurring close together
  2. a number of persons or things grouped together
  3. US military a metal insignia worn on a medal ribbon to indicate a second award or a higher class of a decoration or order
  4. military
    1. a group of bombs dropped in one stick, esp fragmentation and incendiary bombs
    2. the basic unit of mines used in laying a minefield
  5. astronomy an aggregation of stars or galaxies moving together through space
  6. a group of two or more consecutive vowels or consonants
  7. statistics a naturally occurring subgroup of a population used in stratified sampling
  8. chem
    1. a chemical compound or molecule containing groups of metal atoms joined by metal-to-metal bonds
    2. the group of linked metal atoms present
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verb
  1. to gather or be gathered in clusters
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Derived Formsclustered, adjectiveclusteringly, adverbclustery, adjective

Word Origin

Old English clyster; related to Low German Kluster; see clod, clot
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Word Origin and History for cluster

n.

Old English clyster "cluster," probably from the same root as clot (n.). Of stars, from 1727. Cluster-bomb attested from 1967.

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v.

late 14c. (transitive), from cluster (n.). Intransitive sense from 1540s. Related: Clustered; clustering.

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