cluster

[kluhs-ter]

noun

verb (used with object)

to gather into a cluster or clusters.
to furnish or cover with clusters.

verb (used without object)

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

Synonyms for cluster

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Contemporary Examples of clustering

Historical Examples of clustering

  • Then they were clustering about him at Scarecrow Charlie's, asking him his name.

  • They flew to his assistance, clustering around him to protect him from harm.

  • The flowers are very small, and hang in clustering panicles like lilacs.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • I think I saw the wealth of clustering ringlets, or at least the makings of it.

    Back Home

    Eugene Wood

  • Wistaria and early roses, clustering in, had but the ghost of color on their blossoms.

    The Freelands

    John Galsworthy


British Dictionary definitions for clustering

cluster

noun

a number of things growing, fastened, or occurring close together
a number of persons or things grouped together
US military a metal insignia worn on a medal ribbon to indicate a second award or a higher class of a decoration or order
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
astronomy an aggregation of stars or galaxies moving together through space
a group of two or more consecutive vowels or consonants
statistics a naturally occurring subgroup of a population used in stratified sampling
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

verb

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 clustering

cluster

n.

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

cluster

v.

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

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