Cluster vs Constellate - What's the difference?

cluster | constellate |

As a noun cluster

is cluster (group of galaxies or stars).

As a verb constellate is

to combine as a cluster.




(en noun)
  • A group or bunch of several discrete items that are close to each other.
  • a cluster of islands
  • * Spenser
  • Her deeds were like great clusters of ripe grapes, / Which load the bunches of the fruitful vine.
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  • , chapter=7, title= The Dust of Conflict , passage=Then there was no more cover, for they straggled out, not in ranks but clusters , from among orange trees and tall, flowering shrubs
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=December 29, author=Keith Jackson, work=Daily Record
  • , title= SPL: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 , passage=Charlie Mulgrew’s delicious deadball delivery was attacked by a cluster of green and white shirts at McGregor’s back post but Ledley got up higher and with more purpose than anyone else to thump a header home from five yards.}}
  • *{{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=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.}}
  • A number of individuals grouped together or collected in one place; a crowd; a mob.
  • * Milton
  • As bees / Pour forth their populous youth about the hive / In clusters .
  • * Shakespeare
  • We loved him; but, like beasts / And cowardly nobles, gave way unto your clusters , / Who did hoot him out o' the city.
  • (astronomy) A group of galaxies or stars that appear near each other.
  • (music) A secundal chord of three or more notes.
  • (phonetics) A group of consonants.
  • (computing) A group of computers that work together.
  • (computing) A logical data storage unit containing one or more physical sectors (see block).
  • (statistics) A significant subset within a population.
  • (military) Set of bombs or mines.
  • (army) A small metal design that indicates that a medal has been awarded to the same person before.
  • An ensemble of bound atoms or molecules, intermediate in size between a molecule and a bulk solid.
  • Derived terms

    * cluster analysis * clustering * cluster bomb * globular cluster * open cluster * star cluster


    (en verb)
  • To form a cluster or group.
  • The children clustered around the puppy.
  • * Tennyson
  • His sunny hair / Cluster'd about his temples, like a god's.
  • * Foxe
  • the princes of the country clustering together


    * * English collective nouns ----




  • To combine as a cluster.
  • To fit, adorn (as if) with constellations.
  • To (form a) cluster.
  • * 2013 , (Hilary Mantel), ‘Royal Bodies’, London Review of Books , 35.IV:
  • It’s no surprise that so much fiction constellates around the subject of Henry and his wives.
  • To shine with united radiance, or one general light.
  • * Boyle
  • The several things which engage our affections shine forth and constellate in God.