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cluster around (someone or something)

1. To gather around someone or something. The kids clustered around the clown to watch him make balloon animals.
2. To position someone or something around someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "cluster" and "around." Mom clustered the kids around the clown so that they could all see him make balloon animals. Now we need to cluster the purple flowers around the white ones.
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cluster together

To gather or bunch together. The kids clustered together to watch the clown make balloon animals. Why are all of our nicest Christmas ornaments clustered together on one side of the tree?
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1. rude slang A chaotic situation rife with problems. Oh, the dinner party was a total clusterfuck—the roast was dry, the toilet overflowed, and everyone argued about politics.
2. vulgar slang A group sexual encounter. No, I've never taken part in a clusterfuck—have you?

cluster around someone or something

[for a group of people or things] to bunch together, surrounding someone or something. The birds clustered around the chimney top to keep warm. The kids clustered around the police officer.
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cluster someone or something around someone or something

to bunch people or things together around someone or something. She clustered the cups around the punch bowl. Karen clustered the children around the fire.
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cluster together

to bunch or group together. All of the bats clustered together on the roof of the cave. The children clustered together in small groups here and there on the playground.
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cluster fuck

1. n. an act of group rape. (Also Charlie Foxtrot from the initials CF. Usually objectionable.) Look at her! She’s just asking for a cluster fuck.
2. n. any event as riotous as an act of group rape. (Figurative on sense 1 The same allusion as sense 1) This goddamn day has been one long cluster fuck!
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Linux NetworX, a provider of powerful and easy-to-manage Linux cluster computing solutions, announced recently plans to unveil its innovative ICE Box 1500 cluster management hardware appliance at the SC2001 trade show in Denver, Nov.
About a decade ago, Kronberg and his coworkers had picked up synchrotron-radiation signals indicating field strengths outside the Coma cluster of a hundredth to a few tenths of the cluster's field strengths.
Management of these partitions and replicas poses a number of operational challenges, especially in large cluster and grid computing environments shared amongst a number of projects or organizations, and in environments where core datasets change regularly.
Construction was planned and managed by engineers from Argonne and VA Linux Professional Services, with support from VA and IBM's cluster hardware and software experts.
This deficit is a tip-off that a massive cluster of galaxies resides there (SN: 10/22/94, p.
Cluster nodes will continue to provide storage access to applications, transparent to any internal failover, when traditional SAN controller failover would negatively impact performance.
When galaxies form a cluster, some of the dark matter gets stripped off and gathers around the cluster as a whole, she speculates.
Drug discovery, circuit design, automobile design, financial analyses and digital media applications all benefit from the use of large cluster computing configurations.
The researchers also determined that these substitutions do not disrupt the close packing of atoms in the cluster.
To understand the need for a new approach to scalable storage, we first explore the manner in which many cluster computing applications address the storage bottleneck.
And, because the cluster will empower scientists who use it to potentially make vitally important discoveries, the solution's wire-speed Ethernet capabilities ensure that mission critical clustering applications perform as expected, regardless of the complexity or network and server load, with the lowest possible incremental latency.