- 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 )
- Linguistics Two or more successive consonants in a word, as cl and st in the word cluster.
- A group of academic courses in a related area.
verbclus·tered, clus·ter·ing, clus·ters
To gather or grow into bunches.
To cause to grow or form into bunches.
Origin of cluster
Middle English from
Old English clyster
- A group or bunch of several discrete items that are close to each other.
- a cluster of islands
- A cluster of flowers grew in the pot.
- A number of individuals grouped together or collected in one place; a crowd; a mob.
- (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.
(third-person singular simple present clusters, present participle clustering, simple past and past participle clustered)
- (intransitive) To form a cluster or group.
- The children clustered around the puppy.
Origin A cluster of mushrooms.A star cluster
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”).