- (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.
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verb (used without object)
Origin of group
Synonyms for group
- 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.