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cluster

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noun clus·ter \ˈkləs-tər\

Simple Definition of cluster

  • : a group of things or people that are close together

Full Definition of cluster

  1. :  a number of similar things that occur together: as a :  two or more consecutive consonants or vowels in a segment of speech b :  a group of buildings and especially houses built close together on a sizable tract in order to preserve open spaces larger than the individual yard for common recreation c :  an aggregation of stars or galaxies that appear close together in the sky and are gravitationally associated d :  a larger than expected number of cases of disease (as leukemia) occurring in a particular locality, group of people, or period of time

clus·tery play \-t(ə-)rē\ adjective

Examples of cluster

  1. a cluster of cottages along the shore

  2. A small cluster of people had gathered at the scene of the accident.



Origin of cluster

Middle English, from Old English clyster; akin to Old English clott clot


First Known Use: before 12th century


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cluster

verb clus·ter

Simple Definition of cluster

  • : to come together to form a group

Full Definition of cluster

clus·teredclus·ter·ing play \-t(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to collect into a cluster <cluster the tents together>

  3. 2 :  to furnish with clusters

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to grow, assemble, or occur in a cluster <they clustered around the fire>

Examples of cluster

  1. The children clustered around the storyteller.

  2. <the mice clustered together into a small burrow>



14th Century

First Known Use of cluster

14th century


CLUSTER Defined for Kids

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cluster

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noun clus·ter \ˈklə-stər\

Definition of cluster

  1. :  a number of similar things growing or grouped closely together :  bunch <a cluster of houses> <a flower cluster>




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cluster

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verb clus·ter

Definition of cluster

clus·teredclus·ter·ing

  1. :  to grow, collect, or assemble in a bunch




Medical Dictionary

cluster

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noun clus·ter \ˈkləs-tər\

Medical Definition of cluster

  1. :  a larger than expected number of cases of disease (as leukemia) occurring in a particular locality, group of people, or period of time





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