from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A group of the same or similar elements gathered or occurring closely together; a bunch: "She held out her hand, a small tight cluster of fingers” ( Anne Tyler).
- n. Linguistics Two or more successive consonants in a word, as cl and st in the word cluster.
- n. A group of academic courses in a related area.
- intransitive v. To gather or grow into bunches.
- transitive v. To cause to grow or form into bunches.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A group or bunch of several discrete items that are close to each other.
- n. A group of galaxies or stars that appear near each other.
- n. A secundal chord of three or more notes.
- n. A group of consonants.
- n. A group of computers that work together.
- n. A logical data storage unit containing one or more physical sectors (see block).
- n. A significant subset within a population.
- n. Set of bombs or mines.
- n. A small metal design that indicates that a medal has been awarded to the same person before.
- v. To form into a cluster.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A number of things of the same kind growing together; a bunch.
- n. A number of similar things collected together or lying contiguous; a group.
- n. A number of individuals grouped together or collected in one place; a crowd; a mob.
- intransitive v. To grow in clusters or assemble in groups; to gather or unite in a cluster or clusters.
- transitive v. To collect into a cluster or clusters; to gather into a bunch or close body.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A number of things, as fruits, growing naturally together; a bunch, particularly ot grapes or other fruit growing similarly.
- n. A number of persons or things of any kind collected or gathered into a close body; a nearly conjoined group or collection: as, a cluster of islands.
- To form or constitute a cluster or clusters; grow or be placed in clusters or groups; gather in a group or groups.
- To collect into a cluster or group.
- To produce in a cluster or clusters.
- To cover with clusters.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. gather or cause to gather into a cluster
- n. a grouping of a number of similar things
- v. come together as in a cluster or flock
Middle English, from Old English clyster.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English cluster, from Old English cluster, clyster ("cluster, bunch, branch"), from Proto-Germanic *klus-, *klas- (“to clump, lump together”) + Proto-Germanic *-þran (instrumental suffix), related to Low German kluster ("cluster"), Dutch dialectal klister ("cluster"), Swedish kluster ("cluster"), Icelandic klasi ("cluster; bunch of grapes"). (Wiktionary)