AskDefine | Define cluster

Dictionary Definition

cluster n : a grouping of a number of similar things; "a bunch of trees"; "a cluster of admirers" [syn: bunch, clump, clustering]


1 come together as in a cluster or flock; "The poets constellate in this town every summer" [syn: constellate, flock, clump]
2 gather or cause to gather into a cluster; "She bunched her fingers into a fist"; "The students bunched up at the registration desk" [syn: bunch, bunch up, bundle, clump]

User Contributed Dictionary



From clyster


  • italbrac RP /ˈklʌstə/
  • italbrac US /ˈklʌstɚ/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌstə(r)


  1. A group or bunch of something, containing only a few members, which are close to each other.
    • A cluster of flowers grew in the pot.
  2. A group of galaxies or stars that appear near each other.
    • The Pleiades cluster contains seven bright stars.
  3. A chord of three or more notes.
  4. A group of consonants.
    • The word "scrub" begins with a cluster of three consonants.
  5. A group of computers that work together.
  6. A significant subset within a population.
  7. Set of bombs or mines.
  8. In the context of "army": A small metal design that indicates that a medal has been awarded to the same person before.


Group or bunch of something
Group of galaxies or stars
  • Danish: klynge
  • Finnish: galaksijoukko
  • German: Cluster, Schwarm, Sternhaufen
Chord of three or more notes
  • German: Gruppe
Group of consonants
Group of computers working together
  • Danish: klynge
  • German: Cluster
Significant subset within a population
  • Czech: shluk
  • Finnish: klusteri, ryväs
  • German: Gruppe, Haufen
Set of bombs or mines
  • Danish: klynge
  • German: Schwarm, Traube
Metal design
Translations to be checked


  1. To form into a cluster.
    • The children clustered together around the puppy.


Form into a cluster

Extensive Definition

A cluster is a small group or bunch of something.
In science:
In biology and health sciences:
  • In genetics and biotechnology, a cluster may refer to a group of closely gathered genes within a chromosome.
  • Cancer cluster, in biomedicine, an occurrence of a greater-than-expected number of cancer cases
  • Cluster headache
  • Winter cluster, in beekeeping, a well-defined cluster of honey bees in cold temperatures
  • Cluster (epidemiology) refers to a grouping of cases of disease, possibly an outbreak
In computing:
In economics:
In science fiction:
In music:
cluster in Czech: Cluster
cluster in German: Cluster
cluster in Spanish: Cluster
cluster in French: Cluster
cluster in Galician: Clúster
cluster in Indonesian: Kluster
cluster in Italian: Cluster
cluster in Kazakh: Кластер
cluster in Dutch: Cluster
cluster in Japanese: クラスター (曖昧さ回避)
cluster in Polish: Klaster
cluster in Portuguese: Cluster (desambiguação)
cluster in Russian: Кластер
cluster in Finnish: Cluster
cluster in Swedish: Kluster
cluster in Ukrainian: Кластер

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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