cluster

Definitions

  • A cluster of small houses with a church in the background
    A cluster of small houses with a church in the background
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cluster gather or cause to gather into a cluster "She bunched her fingers into a fist"
    • v cluster come together as in a cluster or flock "The poets constellate in this town every summer"
    • n cluster a grouping of a number of similar things "a bunch of trees","a cluster of admirers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is said that grapefruit got its name because it grows like grapes in clusters. One cluster can have up to 25 grapefruits
    • Cluster 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."
    • Cluster A number of similar things collected together or lying contiguous; a group; as, a cluster of islands. "Cluster of provinces."
    • Cluster A number of things of the same kind growing together; a bunch. "Her deeds were like great clusters of ripe grapes,
      Which load the bunches of the fruitful vine."
    • v. t Cluster To collect into a cluster or clusters; to gather into a bunch or close body. "Not less the bee would range her cells, . . . The foxglove cluster dappled bells.""Or from the forest falls the clustered snow."
    • v. i Cluster To grow in clusters or assemble in groups; to gather or unite in a cluster or clusters. "His sunny hair Cluster'd about his temples, like a god's.""The princes of the country clustering together."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cluster A number of things, as fruits, growing naturally together; a bunch, particularly ot grapes or other fruit growing similarly.
    • n cluster 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.
    • cluster To form or constitute a cluster or clusters; grow or be placed in clusters or groups; gather in a group or groups.
    • cluster To collect into a cluster or group.
    • cluster To produce in a cluster or clusters.
    • cluster To cover with clusters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cluster klus′tėr a number of things of the same kind growing or joined together: a bunch: a mass: a crowd
    • v.i Cluster to grow or gather into clusters
    • v.t Cluster to collect into clusters; to cover with clusters
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Quotations

  • Ezra Pound
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    “The Image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cluster, clyster,; cf. LG. kluster,also Sw. & Dan. klase, a cluster of grapes, D. klissen, to be entangled?.)

Usage

In literature:

It has long, drooping, very lovely clusters of pea-shaped flowers of a soft pink color.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
It grows in large clusters just under the leaves.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
How does the logical terminology express these 'clusters' and 'trains'?
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
A corruption of Aegeopelagus, now applied to clusters of islands in general.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The use of the leaf cluster as a system of rain-spouts for guiding the rain toward the root should be noted.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
During our absence, it had thrown a prodigious swarm, which still clustered on the branch of a neighbouring tree.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
There are from six to ten, or twenty or more plants in a single cluster.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
Suppose that depth fixed; then observe what a pretty problem, or, rather, continually varying cluster of problems, will be offered to us.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Half way up the sky, over the clustering roofs, chimneys and steeples of the city, hung the star.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
What of those glorious objects, the great star clusters?
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
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In poetry:

in memory of
the spring now passing
I drew
the long clusters of wisteria
that move like waves
"Tanka 12" by Masaoka Shiki
Ye locusts, winged tribes,
Together cluster strong;
Well your descendants may
In swarms forever throng!
"The Fruitfulness Of The Locust" by Confucius
Only a year,--no voice, no smile,
No glance of eye,
No clustering curls of golden hair,
Fair but to die!
""Only A Year"" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Like soft threads of clustered silk
O'er thy face so pure and fair,
Sweet in its profusion,
Is thy hair.
"Love's Pictures" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
See on that couch reclining,
A young and lovely girl,
With brow and neck half shaded.
By many a clustering curl.
"The Great Physician" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Snood of lilies interweaveth
(Giving less than it receiveth)
Beauty of her clustered brow,
Calmly bent upon us now.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

(July 5, 2012) You might have seen the line of townsfolk eagerly clustered around a new booth in the mushrooming food court at the center of the Saturday Farmers' Market at Arcata Plaza.
Last Saturday afternoon, on a Japanese-landscaped hillside at the outskirts of Atlanta, several clusters of people were constructing mathematically inspired sculptures of metal, bamboo and balloons.
The cluster of symptoms collectively known as a.
A Closer Look At OC's Anti-Vaccination Cluster.
Sparkling clusters and stunning nebulae make these inconspicuous constellations a backyard observer's delight.
Moor is a village, one of a cluster of villages encircled by mountains, presumably in Germany.
This image taken from a Syria opposition member's online video appears to show cluster munition remnants found in the area surrounding Hama, Syria, according to Human Rights Watch.
A yeast cluster with dead cells stained red with propidium iodide.
A yeast cluster with apoptotic cells shown in green.
Narcissus Tazetta and Schizandra Chinensis to Regulate 'Youth Gene Clusters'—An In vitro Analysis.
Narcissus Tazetta and Schizandra Chinensis to Regulate 'Youth Gene Clusters'—An In vitro Analysis CosmeticsAndToiletries.com.
NGC 2818 is one of very few planetary nebulae in our galaxy located within an open cluster, in this case cluster NGC 2818A.
Construction continues on a cluster of silos at United Grain Corp. At the Port of Vancouver in August 2011.
The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has teamed up with the CDC to investigate a cluster of meningitis cases, which have been linked to an outpatient neurosurgical center in Nashville.
Co-clustering exploits co- occurrence information, from contingency tables to cluster both rows and columns simultaneously.
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In science:

This factor is, in principle, a random quantity that differs from one cluster to another; however, this number is expected to be roughly the same for all clusters that contribute to the spectral sum at low frequencies due to averaging, since such clusters are all large, and in some sense similar.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
There are essentially two factors which determine how much gas is present in a globular cluster at the current epoch: (i) the mass and central escape speed of the cluster, and (ii) the orbit of the cluster and its current position and velocity.
Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion Model for Low-luminosity X-ray Sources in Globular Clusters
For the more distant clusters some of the typical tools are the specific globular cluster frequency, the cluster luminosity function, and color-color diagrams.
The Formation of Star Clusters
Ground based observations, such as those of Lutz (1991), were inconclusive, since they were not able to resolve the clusters to determine whether they were associations or HII regions, with Reff ≈ 100 pc, or compact clusters similar to the globular clusters in the Milky Way, with Reff ≈ 3 pc (van den Bergh, 1996).
The Formation of Star Clusters
Looking at resolved clusters, Kennicutt and Chu (1988) concluded “that populous clusters may be forming in giant HII regions, but only a small fraction of giant HII regions are likely to contains such clusters”.
The Formation of Star Clusters
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