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cluster

 [klus´ter]
a group of similar objects, events, or other elements in close proximity.
suicide cluster a group of suicides in which one seems to set off others.

clus·ter

(klŭs'ter),
A group of similar or identical objects occurring naturally in close proximity (as grapes) or so assembled (as beads).
[O.E. clyster]

cluster

A generic term for any of the regions in the UK (Eastern, North East, North West and West Midlands, London, and Southern) created after consultation with Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) on how to best deliver local Information Technology solutions as part of the NHS Care Records initiative.

clus·ter

(klŭstĕr)
A group of similar or identical objects occurring naturally in close proximity (as grapes) or so assembled (as beads).
[O.E. clyster]

cluster,

n in epidemiology, a composite of confirmed cases of a disease, defect, or disability that occur in close proximity to one another with regard to time or space.

cluster

1. in epidemiological terms a naturally occurring group of similar units, e.g. animals which resemble each other, with respect to one or more variables, more than animals in different groups do, or a group of cases of a single disease in time or space.
2. assembly of claw and teat cups, as part of a milking machine.

cluster analysis
1. statistical methods used to group variables or observations into strongly interrelated subgroups.
2. a statistical analysis of the relationships between clusters in time and/or space.
cluster fly
see polleniarudis.
cluster sampling
see cluster sampling.
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In Soikkola Ingrian, the alternation trends are represented by weakening of a geminate stop into a single stop, loss and replacement of a single stop, weakening of a stop-ending consonant cluster into a geminate, loss and replacement of a stop in a consonant cluster (see Table 1).
Furthermore, he averts that the spelling system of MS Junius 1 is so consistent in marking vowel shortness that it clearly shows that all elements in a consonant cluster before which HCL operated must always be voiced.
Although Polome (1967) and Batibo (1996) acknowledge the existence of consonant clusters at the onset of borrowed words and give examples like stempu /ste.
the nasal [n] plus affricate [dz] in [ci:ndzu:]) then our treatment could not explain why these are the only word-medial tautosyllabic consonant clusters in the language at all and that they blatantly violate sonority sequencing.
In contrast, the spelling of complex consonant clusters can be derived from a careful pronunciation of such clusters, a phonemic analysis.
Out of the ten 1-syllable English words, seven contained syllables with consonant clusters (e.
In fact, this seems to be true of all instances of z in inherited words, as MariW c and z are in complementary distribution in common Mari vocabulary: c occurs in consonant clusters and word-finally, whereas z is found in intervocalic position.
Early include picture sorts for short- and long-vowel sounds, word sorts contrasting short- and long-vowel sounds and patterns, and common long-vowel patterns; mid-level covers less common long-vowel patterns and r-influenced vowel patterns; the late level addresses ambiguous vowel sounds, complex consonants and consonant clusters, high-frequency words and contractions, plural and past tense inflectional endings, and homophones.
In all three of these cases, however, consonant clusters of the type that would be produced if a copy of the final foot were suffixed are phonotactically impermissible, making it possible to suggest that the appearance of infixation is actually the result of juxtaposition and consonant cluster reduction (omotumun-tumun [right arrow] omotumutumun).
Apart from this, Luick discusses processes such as the early consonant gemination, early changes in consonant clusters, continuations of the earlier palatalisation processes, metatheses and distant assimilation as well as several other minor developments.
The statement taken literally is equally puzzling for Dhivehi unless one limits it to monomorphemic inherited forms, since she goes on to state that consonant clusters in initial or final position must be "of foreign origin" and provides examples of these, as well as examples in sandhi forms.
The Taipei School, the Shanghai School, and the West School reconstruct liquid medials and initials with heterogeneous consonant clusters (i.