group

Definitions

General English

General Science

Accounting

  • noun several companies linked together in the same organisation

Aviation

  • noun a number of individual items or people brought together because of similarities
  • noun a collection of letters, numbers or symbols used in weather forecasting, etc.

Computing

  • noun a set of computer records containing related information
  • noun a six-character word used in telegraphic communications
  • noun a collection of icons, of files or programs displayed together in a window
  • noun a collection of users conveniently identified by one name

Electronics

  • A collection of things. Such a collection is usually located together, and/or regarded as a unit. For example, a family of chemical elements with similar properties arranged vertically within a periodic table.
  • In communications, a number of channels treated as a unit. For instance, a collection of associated voice channels in frequency-division multiplexing.
  • In computers, a collection of elements regarded as a unit. For example, a set of records in a database.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a collection of people or things that are in the same place at the same time or have something in common

Media Studies

  • noun the social networks that a person is involved in, either primary such as the family, or secondary such as friendship groups, work colleagues, etc.

Medical

  • noun several people, animals or things which are all close together
  • verb to bring things or people together in a group, or come together in a group

Military

  • noun a number of people or things which are close together
  • noun a division of the air force

Origin & History of “group”

Group was originally a term in art criticism. It referred to the disposition of a set of figures or objects in a painting, drawing, etc. Not until the 18th century was it used in its current general sense. It comes via French groupe from Italian gruppo, which was borrowed originally from prehistoric Germanic *kruppaz ‘round mass, lump’ (formed from the same base as produced English crop).
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