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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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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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Observations of the galaxy, which lies 1 billion light-years from Earth, may solve a long-standing riddle: Why were spiral galaxies abundant in clusters long ago but are rare today?
You really can't have clusters of industries as far a part as northeastern and northwestern Ontario, so it would be far preferable to have two.
The cluster size must decrease, since the media noise primarily results from the finite cluster size; the bit transitions are narrower when the clusters are smaller.
ICE Box empowers administrators with advanced serial switching and remote power control capabilities, and is the only appliance of its kind designed specifically to improve the manageability of Linux clusters.
One of the earliest and most famous clusters known to MS investigators was an "epidemic" that occurred on the Faroe Islands, a Danish possession lying in the north Atlantic between Norway and Iceland.
The grouping of occupations in other clusters will be described in the text.
Etnus LLC, maker of the TotalView debugger for Linux clusters and other high performance computing environments, announced today the development of a "roll", or installation packet for Platform Open Cluster Stack (OCS)1.
Storage clusters are made up of storage server farms linked together that work on similar tasks in a grid fashion by scaling out infrastructure as opposed to scaling up with larger and more powerful machines.
That evolution began with the condensation of gas clouds into fledgling galaxies and continued with production of the first stars and the assembly of galaxies into mammoth clusters.
In addition, the high port density available in Extreme Networks switches ensures support for a large number of server clusters without increasing the cost of supporting those clusters.
The beauty of stretching clusters is that it comes for free, customers don't have to configure anything, there should be no data loss, and if a disaster occurs there is no downtime.
Already used widely in deployments of Oracle9i Real Application Clusters (RAC), PolyServe Matrix Server software dramatically simplifies the cluster and storage management of Oracle Database 10g on Linux-based servers.
Similar genes are sorted into groups, or clusters, that provide insights into gene interactions and thus help to explain underlying biological processes.
We are delighted to continue our relationship with OSC to improve the performance and functionality of Linux clusters," said Jan Silverman, vice president, Advanced Systems, SGI.
Developers working on Apache Struts, the most popular framework for building Web-based front ends to Java applications, are also collaborating with Terracotta to validate that the technology clusters sessions underneath a Struts Web application.