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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.
See also: cluster, together

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!
See also: cluster, fuck
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Clustered network storage is a single system so management stays fundamentally the same regardless of how many controllers you add.
In 2002, PolyServe unveiled the world's largest clustered Oracle database on Linux proof of concept.
Clustered storage offerings are common in the market today, but the majority of these solutions are based on legacy "scale-up" architectures.
A clustered design enables flexible investment, deployment, and management of storage resources.
Clustered Failover/Fastback: Automatic failover enables computing resources to be transparently redirected across the cluster to alternative ports or controllers without business interruption.
Although clustered storage is a departure from legacy SAN architectures, computing and application administrators already understand the nature and management of clustered solutions.
Can you afford to replicate a clustered production environment for development and testing environments?
A new product family that adds virtualization and other benefits to clustered server environments is VERITAS SANPoint Foundation Suite HA.
These articles concentrate on applications that use file system data; they do not discuss the separate but important issue of clustered databases.
Traditionally, proprietary fault-tolerant systems have been used to implement optimal uptime solutions, but rapidly growing and more open Internet infrastructures are being deployed on clustered Unix and Windows/NT servers.
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