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  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.
verb (used with object)
  1. to gather into a cluster or clusters.
  2. to furnish or cover with clusters.
verb (used without object)
  1. to form a cluster or clusters: The people clustered around to watch.

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

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Examples from the Web for clustered

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Historical Examples of clustered

  • It was a sad breakdown to the hopes that had clustered about Gartley!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • They clustered in a close group near the fire, facing a common centre.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • The lights were clustered at the foot of a long and rather steep hill.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • A mob of boys clambered on the rails, clustered round the davits.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • Daintily swinging, like clustered pearls, were the petals of the orchid.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

British Dictionary definitions for clustered


  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
  1. to gather or be gathered in clusters
Derived Formsclustered, adjectiveclusteringly, adverbclustery, adjective

Word Origin for cluster

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



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



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

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