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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.
References in periodicals archive ?
In "forests of ("The Tyger"), the unvoiced consonant cluster backlog, so to speak, will occupy at least the tied eighth note, and probably some of the previous bar, given the headlong tempo of the song.
Some consonant clusters foreign to English may begin medial syllables, but not initial syllables in a word, as in a-vria [a.
In both cases the metrical count is LLL, precluding an internal consonant cluster.
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).
In bipartite consonant clusters the templates such as CCVV; CCVCC and CCVVC; CVCC and CVVCC; and CCVCC and CCVVCC are also permissible.
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.
Firstly, the nucleus of the English syllable may fall on a consonant, whereas in Spanish this is not possible; secondly, final consonant clusters in Spanish are not as common as in English; and finally, there is an almost direct correspondence in Spanish between spelling and sound whereas in English one grapheme may have different pronunciations and some are not even pronounced.
The Jimenez and Haro (1995) study also reported that syllable-initial consonant clusters presented a challenge to Spanish speakers and floor effects were observed in the youngest participants.
h]] generally occur word-finally in single stops, stop-clusters, and other voiceless consonant clusters.
Consonant clusters in a language are regulated by a combination of two factors.
My complaint is not so much in agreement with Mr Regan's criticism of the way in which vowels are sung but with the gross exaggeration and vocalisation of consonant clusters which has become fashionable in recent years.