• WordNet 3.6
    • n clique an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Clique klēk A narrow circle of persons associated by common interests or for the accomplishment of a common purpose; -- generally used in a bad sense.
    • v. i Clique To To associate together in a clannish way; to act with others secretly to gain a desired end; to plot; -- used with together.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clique A party; a set; a coterie; specifically, a body or group of persons associated informally for some exclusive or intriguing purpose.
    • clique To form cliques or exclusive sets; associate together in cliques, usually with unworthy or selfish motives.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clique klēk a group of persons in union for a purpose: a party or faction: a gang—used generally in a bad sense
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. OF. cliquer, to click. See Click (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.; prob. from root of click, and so = a noisy conclave. Acc. to Littré, orig. in sense of Claque.


In literature:

Do not belong to any clique.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Indeed these laws aimed a telling blow at the aristocratic cliques that had so long controlled all local government.
"Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
He and his clique practically own the United States, and a large slice of Europe.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The members of the Clique were new men in the public eye.
"Calumet 'K'" by Samuel Merwin
We must not forget the scientific world where Madame Maria was no less at home than in fashionable literary cliques.
"A Book of Sibyls" by Anne Thackeray (Mrs. Richmond Ritchie)
He will find no quiet clique of the exclusive, studious and cultured; no rotten borough of the arts.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Injustice in the administration of the law was worked by the influence of factions and cliques.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
And at any rate it is another chance for this distracted archipelago of children, sat upon by a clique of fools.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Of course, Arnold had his clique among the rest.
"Pope Adrian IV" by Richard Raby
The two Cliftons, the Brown twins and Dolly and Dotty had come to be a clique by themselves, and were always together.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells

In poetry:

Go, throng each other's drawing-rooms,
Ye idols of a petty clique:
Strut your brief hour in borrowed plumes,
And make your penny-trumpets squeak.
"Fame's Penny-Trumpet" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

What makes Hermon Mehari different is the way he jumps seamlessly among genres (and the cliques and scenes that arise around what he does).
OK I don't know about you guys, but every other clique has their own thread and I'm starting to feel left out.
Two stories of law enforcement officers encountering Blood and Crip members with criminal intent show the danger of these cliques.
At 2 pm, the clique of paparazzi who hunger for celebrities outside the Princess of Wales's favorite restaurant, San Lorenzo, disperse in temporary defeat, with neither the princess nor other glitterati in sight.
They believe that approaches which allow private cliques to accrue ever-greater wealth and power are " elitist ", while efforts to improve public schooling and guarantee everyone equality of opportunity are anti- elitist .
Donte and Steven Peoples are not part of a clique at school, and they have few peers on the field.
' Jump Out Boys' sheriff's clique may have glorified shootings with tattoos.
Xi Jinping, the new top man in China's most prosperous city, is a pro-business outsider to the local political clique but a consummate insider of the Beijing leadership.
This clique is called the 90210s by other groups on campus.
Rework Kanye West's 'White Dress' and 'Clique' Tracks.
It's a day aimed at teaching tolerance and guarding against cliques.
Regular followers of Lee County school board meetings have been greeted recently with sights reminiscent of old high school clique conflicts played out around cafeteria tables reserved for the "in" crowd.
Social networks are obliterating our social and family cliques and replacing them with, well, something else.
A Young Auctioneer Breaks Into the Gavel Clique.
A clique of stiletto-clad fashionistas are taking over campus—and the Square has never looked so hip.

In science:

So, if the vertex subset S ⊂ V is an IS in G = (V , E ), it is a clique in the complementary graph G = (V , V × V \ E ).
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
Finding the largest clique in one graph is equivalent to finding the largest independent set in the complementary graph.
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
We investigate the extent to which performing this construction with a random set A simulates the generation of a random graph, proving that the clique number of GA is almost surely O(log N ).
Counting sets with small sumset, and the clique number of random Cayley graphs
In this paper we will investigate just one aspect of Question 2, the clique number of a random Cayley sum graph.
Counting sets with small sumset, and the clique number of random Cayley graphs
To see why, let A ⊆ Γ and consider what it means for X ⊆ Γ to span a clique in GA .
Counting sets with small sumset, and the clique number of random Cayley graphs