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cluster

noun clus·ter \ ˈkləs-tər \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of cluster

: a number of similar things that occur together: such 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
  • the Perseus cluster of galaxies
d : a larger than expected number of cases of disease (such as leukemia) occurring in a particular locality, group of people, or period of time
e : a number of computers networked together in order to function as a single computing system
  • Consisting of groups of inexpensive machines cobbled together, clusters in many ways have supplanted traditional supercomputers.
  • —Elizabeth K. Wilson

clustery

play \-t(ə-)rē\ adjective

Examples of cluster in a Sentence

  1. a cluster of cottages along the shore

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

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Origin and Etymology of cluster

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


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cluster

verb

Definition of cluster

clustered; clustering play \-t(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 : to collect into a cluster
  • cluster the tents together
2 : to furnish with clusters
  • the bridge was clustered with men and officers
  • —Herman Wouk
intransitive verb
: to grow, assemble, or occur in a cluster
  • they clustered around the fire

Examples of cluster in a Sentence

  1. The children clustered around the storyteller.

  2. the mice clustered together into a small burrow

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Origin and Etymology of cluster


CLUSTER Defined for English Language Learners

cluster

noun

Definition of cluster for English Language Learners

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


cluster

verb

Definition of cluster for English Language Learners

  • : to come together to form a group


CLUSTER Defined for Kids

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cluster

noun clus·ter \ ˈklə-stər \

Definition of cluster for Students

: a number of similar things growing or grouped closely together : bunch
  • a cluster of houses
  • a flower cluster

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cluster

verb

Definition of cluster for Students

clustered; clustering
: to grow, collect, or assemble in a bunch

Medical Dictionary

cluster

noun clus·ter \ ˈkləs-tər \

medical Definition of cluster

: 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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