A group of people enjoy a glass of wine.
- Group is defined as something related to a collection or a number of people or things.
An example of group is the decision by all six people at a table to drink wine with dinner; a group decision.
- A group is defined as a collection, or a number of people or things.
- An example of a group is six people eating dinner together at a table.
- An example of a group is a collection of paintings shown by an artist at a gallery.
- The definition of group is to collect two or more people or things together.
An example of group is separating ten people into two sets of five people.
- a number of persons or things gathered closely together and forming a recognizable unit; cluster; aggregation; band: a group of houses
- a collection of objects or figures forming a design or part of a design, as in a work of art
- a number of persons or things classified together because of common characteristics, community of interests, etc.
- a unit consisting of two or more joined atoms within a molecule; esp., a radical (noun)
- a number of elements with similar properties, forming one of the vertical columns of the periodic table
- a number of elements having similar chemical reactions
- Geol. a stratigraphic unit consisting of two or more formations
- Math. a closed set of elements having an associative binary operation (usually multiplication), an identity element (I × a = a × I = a), and an inverse element for each element (a × 1/a = 1/a × a = I)
- a military aircraft unit; specif., in the U.S. Air Force, a subdivision of a wing, composed of two or more squadrons
- U.S. Mil. a unit made up of two or more battalions or squadrons
Origin of groupFrench groupe from Italian gruppo, a knot, lump, group from Germanic an unverified form kruppa, round mass: see crop
- An assemblage of persons or objects gathered or located together; an aggregation: a group of dinner guests; a group of buildings near the road.
- A set of two or more figures that make up a unit or design, as in sculpture.
- A number of individuals or things considered or classed together because of similarities: a small group of supporters across the country.
- Linguistics A category of related languages that is less inclusive than a family.
- a. A military unit consisting of two or more battalions and a headquarters.b. A unit of two or more squadrons in the US Air Force, smaller than a wing.
- Chemistry a. Two or more atoms behaving or regarded as behaving as a single chemical unit.b. A column in the periodic table of the elements.
- Geology A stratigraphic unit, especially a unit consisting of two or more formations deposited during a single geologic era.
- Mathematics A set, together with a binary associative operation, such that the set is closed under the operation, the set contains an identity element for the operation, and each element of the set has an inverse element with respect to the operation. The integers form a group under the operation of ordinary addition.
verbgrouped, group·ing, groups
Origin of groupFrench groupe from Italian gruppo probably of Germanic origin
Usage Note: Group as a collective noun can be followed by a singular or plural verb. It takes a singular verb when the persons or things that make up the group are considered collectively: The dance group is ready for rehearsal. Group takes a plural verb when the persons or things that constitute it are considered individually: The group were divided in their sympathies. See Usage Note at collective noun.
- A number of things or persons being in some relation to one another.
- there is a group of houses behind the hill; he left town to join a Communist group
- A group of people gathered in front of the Parliament to demonstrate against the Prime Minister's proposals.
- (group theory) A set with an associative binary operation, under which there exists an identity element, and such that each element has an inverse.
- (geometry, archaic) An effective divisor on a curve.
- A (usually small) group of people who perform music together.
- Did you see the new jazz group?
- (astronomy) A small number (up to about fifty) of galaxies that are near each other.
- (chemistry) A column in the periodic table of chemical elements.
- (chemistry) A functional entity consisting of certain atoms whose presence provides a certain property to a molecule, such as the methyl group.
- (sociology) A subset of a culture or of a society.
- (military) An air force formation.
- (geology) A collection of formations or rock strata.
- (computing) A number of users with same rights with respect to accession, modification, and execution of files, computers and peripherals.
- An element of an espresso machine from which hot water pours into the portafilter.
- (music) A number of eighth, sixteenth, etc., notes joined at the stems; sometimes rather indefinitely applied to any ornament made up of a few short notes.
(third-person singular simple present groups, present participle grouping, simple past and past participle grouped)
- To put together to form a group.
- (intransitive) To come together to form a group.
From French groupe (“cluster, group”), from Italian gruppo groppo (“a knot, heap, group, bag (of money)”), itself derived from Vulgar Latin *kruppo, from Proto-Germanic *kruppaz (“lump, round mass, body, crop”), from Proto-Indo-European *grewb- (“to crumple, bend, crawl”). Cognate with German Kropf (“crop, craw, bunch”), Old English cropp, croppa (“cluster, bunch, sprout, flower, berry, ear of corn, crop”), Dutch krop (“craw”), Old Norse kroppr (“hump, bunch”). More at crop, croup.