From Middle English cluster, from Old English cluster, clyster (“cluster, bunch, branch”), from Proto-Germanic *klus-, *klas- (“to clump, lump together”) + Proto-Germanic *-þrą (instrumental suffix), related to Low German Kluuster (“cluster”), Dutch dialectal klister (“cluster”), Swedish kluster (“cluster”), Icelandic klasi (“cluster; bunch of grapes”).
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.
2011 December 29, Keith Jackson, “SPL: Celtic 1 Rangers 0”, Daily Record:
- Charlie Mulgrew’s delicious deadball delivery was attacked by a cluster of green and white shirts at McGregor’s back post but Ledley got up higher and with more purpose than anyone else to thump a header home from five yards.
2013 May-June, William E. Conner, “An Acoustic Arms Race”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 206-7:
- Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close (less than half a meter) above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.
- A cluster of flowers grew in the pot.
- A number of individuals grouped together or collected in one place; a crowd; a mob.
- As bees […] / Pour forth their populous youth about the hive / In clusters.
- 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.
- (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.
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- (intransitive) To form a cluster or group.
- The children clustered around the puppy.
- 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, 281:
- 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.
- Hyphenation: clus‧ter