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Clutter vs Array - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between clutter and array

is that clutter is a confused disordered jumble of things while array is clothing and ornamentation.

As verbs the difference between clutter and array

is that clutter is to fill something with clutter while array is to clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire.

clutter

English

Noun

(-)
  • A confused disordered jumble of things.
  • * L'Estrange
  • He saw what a clutter there was with huge, overgrown pots, pans, and spits.
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= William E. Conner
  • , title= An Acoustic Arms Race , volume=101, issue=3, page=206-7, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Nonetheless, some insect prey take advantage of clutter' by hiding in it. Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close (less than half a meter) above vegetation and effectively blending into the ' clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.}}
  • (obsolete) Clatter; confused noise.
  • (Jonathan Swift)
  • Background echos, from clouds etc., on a radar or sonar screen.
  • (countable) A group of cats;
  • * 2008 , John Robert Colombo, The Big Book of Canadian Ghost Stories , Introduction
  • Organizing ghost stories is like herding a clutter of cats: the phenomenon resists organization and classification.

    Derived terms

    * surface clutter * volume clutter

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To fill something with .
  • *{{quote-magazine, title=No hiding place
  • , date=2013-05-25, volume=407, issue=8837, page=74, magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result. If the bumf arrived electronically, the take-up rate was 0.1%. And for online adverts the “conversion” into sales was a minuscule 0.01%. That means about $165 billion was spent not on drumming up business, but on annoying people, creating landfill and cluttering spam filters.}}
  • (obsolete) To clot or coagulate, like blood.
  • (Holland)
  • To make a confused noise; to bustle.
  • * Tennyson
  • It [the goose] cluttered here, it chuckled there.
    (Webster 1913)

    array

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Clothing and ornamentation.
  • (Dryden)
  • A collection laid out to be viewed in full.
  • An orderly series, arrangement or sequence.
  • * Prescott
  • a gallant array of nobles and cavaliers
  • Order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle.
  • drawn up in battle array
  • * Gibbon
  • wedged together in the closest array
  • A large collection.
  • * Byron
  • their long array of sapphire and of gold
    We offer a dazzling array of choices.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=October 23 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Man Utd 1 - 6 Man City , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Mario Balotelli, in the headlines for accidentally setting his house ablaze with fireworks, put City on their way with goals either side of the interval as United struggled to contain the array of attacking talent in front of them.}}
  • (programming) Any of various data structures designed to hold multiple elements of the same type; especially , a data structure that holds these elements in adjacent memory locations so that they may be retrieved using numeric indices.
  • (legal) A ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impanelled in a cause; the panel itself; or the whole body of jurors summoned to attend the court.
  • (military) A militia.
  • Usage notes

    * (any of various data structures) The exact usage of the term , and of related terms, generally depends on the programming language. For example, many languages distinguish a fairly low-level "array" construct from a higher-level "list" or "vector" construct. Some languages distinguish between an "array" and a variety of "associative array"; others have only the latter concept, calling it an "array".

    Derived terms

    * * * * *

    Antonyms

    * (orderly series) disarray

    See also

    * (any of various data structures) ones-based indexing, zero-based indexing

    Verb

  • To clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire
  • He was arrayed in his finest robes and jewels.
  • To lay out in an orderly arrangement; to deploy or marshal
  • (legal) To set in order, as a jury, for the trial of a cause; that is, to call them one at a time.
  • (Blackstone)