- (in the classification of related languages within a family) a category of a lower order than a subbranch and of a higher order than a subgroup: the Low German group of West Germanic languages.
- any grouping of languages, whether it is made on the basis of geography, genetic relationship, or something else.
- Army. a flexible administrative and tactical unit consisting of two or more battalions and a headquarters.
- Air Force. an administrative and operational unit subordinate to a wing, usually composed of two or more squadrons.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- groundwood pulp,
- group a streptococcus,
- group agglutination,
- group agglutinin,
- group annuity,
- group antigen
Origin of group
Examples from the Web for group
Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.
Asian-Americans are a group of persuadable swing voters, growing faster than any other group in America today.
Yet only 24 percent of the 3,892 femicides the group identified in 2012 and 2013 were looked at by authorities.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Though tissues are present and tears are not uncommon, the Dinner Parties are distinctly not grief counseling or group therapy.
Faal told the FBI that his group was trying “restore democracy to The Gambia and improve the lives of its people.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Jest like a hornet's nest: shake a stick at ary one o' the group, an' they all come buzzin' round te'ble miffy in less 'n no time.
He then bent his eye sternly upon the group of bailiffs, especially upon the rude ruffian, Grimes, whose conduct was so atrocious.Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent|William Carleton
The group is composed of an American Hunter, in the act of seizing an Indian who was about to tomahawk a mother and her infant.
This group contains the true crabs, which are the highest of the Crustacea.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
Out of the darkness between the group of buildings appeared two men, Crissey and Addison.Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls|Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
- a number of persons bound together by common social standards, interests, etc
- (as modifier)group behaviour
Word Origin for group
1690s, originally an art criticism term, "assemblage of figures or objects in a painting or design," from French groupe "cluster, group" (17c.), from Italian gruppo "group, knot," perhaps ultimately from Proto-Germanic *kruppaz "round mass, lump," and related to crop. Extended to "any assemblage" by 1736. Meaning "pop music combo" is from 1958.
1718 (transitive), 1801 (intransitive), from group (n.). Related: Grouped; grouping.
- Two or more atoms that are bound together and act as a unit in a number of chemical compounds, such as a hydroxyl (OH) group.
- In the Periodic Table, a vertical column that contains elements having the same number of electrons in the outermost shell of their atoms. Elements in the same group have similar chemical properties. See Periodic Table.