cluster (plural clusters)
- A group or bunch of several discrete items that are close to each other.
- a cluster of islands
- Her deeds were like great clusters of ripe grapes, / Which load the bunches of the fruitful vine.
- A cluster of flowers grew in the pot.
- A leukemia cluster has developed in the town.
- A number of individuals grouped together or collected in one place; a crowd; a mob.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 1”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- As Bees […] / Poure forth their populous youth about the Hive / In clusters.
- c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene vi]:
- We loved him; but, like beasts / And cowardly nobles, gave way unto your clusters, / Who did hoot him out o' the city.
- (astronomy) A group of galaxies or stars that appear near each other.
- The Pleiades cluster contains seven bright stars.
- (linguistics, education) A sequence of two or more words that occur in language with high frequency but are not idiomatic; a chunk, bundle, or lexical bundle.
- examples of clusters would include "in accordance with", "the results of" and "so far"
- (music) A secundal chord of three or more notes.
- (phonetics) A group of consonants.
- The word "scrub" begins with a cluster of three consonants.
- (computing) A group of computers that work together.
- (computing) A logical data storage unit containing one or more physical sectors (see block).
- (statistics) A significant subset within a population.
- (military) Set of bombs or mines.
- (army) A small metal design that indicates that a medal has been awarded to the same person before.
- (chemistry) An ensemble of bound atoms or molecules, intermediate in size between a molecule and a bulk solid.
- French: groupe
- German: Anhäufung, Büschel, Gruppe, Haufen, Schwarm
- Italian: gruppo
- Portuguese: agrupamento, conjunto, aglomeração, aglomerado
- Russian: (fruits) кисть
- Spanish: amontonamiento, agrupamiento, aglomeración
- French: amas
- German: Cluster, Schwarm, Sternhaufen
- Portuguese: aglomerado
- Russian: скопле́ние
- Spanish: cúmulo
- German: Gruppe, Haufen
- Portuguese: encontro consonantal
- Russian: стече́ние
- Spanish: grupo, agrupación, agrupamiento
cluster (clusters, present participle clustering; past and past participle clustered)
- (intransitive) To form a cluster or group.
- The children clustered around the puppy.
- ?, Alfred Tennyson, Oenone
- His sunny hair / Cluster'd about his temples, like a god's.
- the princes of the country clustering together
- 1997, Lynn Keller, Forms of Expansion: Recent Long Poems by Women, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 0226429709, chapter 6, gbooks Ysi8Y0NLnWsC:
- On the page, “Me” is irregular but—except for a prominent drawing of a two-toned hieroglyphic eye—not radically unusual: the lines are consistently left-justified; their length varies from one to a dozen syllables; they cluster in stanzalike units anywhere from one to six lines long that are separated by consistent spaces.
- (transitive) To collect into clusters.
- (transitive) To cover with clusters.