- 1A group of similar things or people positioned or occurring closely together: clusters of creamy-white flowers a cluster of antique shopsMore example sentences
- Botrytis bunch rot is especially severe in grape cultivars with tight, closely packed clusters of fruit.
- White lights entwined with silver ribbon draped the window sills, door frames, and banister, bunched with clusters of holly and mistletoe.
- Blooms appeared in long clusters of densely packed white flowers.
- 1.1 Astronomy A group of stars or galaxies forming a relatively close association.More example sentences
- There is a higher proportion of elliptical and fast-rotating spiral galaxies in dense clusters than in small groups.
- A double star cluster in a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way is pictured above.
- Caroline also compiled catalogs of star clusters and nebulae.
- 1.2 Linguistics (also consonant cluster) A group of consonants pronounced in immediate succession, as str in strong.More example sentences
- Consonants regularly occur in strings or clusters without intervening vowels: initially, as in stain and strip, finally, as in fetch and twelfth, medially, as in dodging.
- … if one chooses the Latin, French, or Italian language, since German is much more difficult because of its many closed syllables and consonant clusters.
- Thus, our strong emphasis on onset clusters succeeded in inducing a small but reliable transfer effect.
- 1.3A natural subgroup of a population, used for statistical sampling or analysis.More example sentences
- We also recruited a large number of clusters and performed statistical analyses taking cluster randomisation into account.
- Using cluster analysis, a statistical method that determines subpopulations in a group, three distinct patterns of behavior emerged.
- This difference was significant, even in the rigorous statistical analysis for the cluster level design, controlling for confounding variables.
- 1.4 Chemistry A group of atoms of the same element, typically a metal, bonded closely together in a molecule.More example sentences
- In metallic clusters, the metal atoms are either directly bonded through metal-metal interactions or are bridged by appropriate ligands.
- These clusters were once separate molecules, called amino acids.
- Nevertheless, there were no significantly supported clusters including molecules from both vertebrates and invertebrates.
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- 1Be or come into a cluster or close group; congregate: the children clustered around her skirtsMore example sentences
- The crowd clustered round the sandy square was yelling encouragement at the players, who frowned in concentration in the fading light.
- We got back to find a huge crowd of people clustered around his desk whispering and giggling.
- Inevitably, most of the early morning shoppers clustered around the road, trying to get a look at what was going on.
- 1.1 Statistics (Of data points) have similar numerical values: students tended to have scores clustering around 70 percentMore example sentences
- Although there were outliers, the majority of the data points clustered around the population mean.
- In both analyses, we computed robust standard errors adjusted for clustering at the firm level.
- However, while a few genes do show rather high transition bias, most of the estimates cluster tightly around the median value.
Old English clyster; probably related to clot.