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Definition of the noun grouping

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noun - plural: groupings

  1. any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • synonym of grouping: group
    • more generic terms: abstract entity / abstraction = a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
    • more specific terms:
      • human beings / human race / humankind / humanity / mankind / humans / world / man = all of the living human inhabitants of the earth
      • arrangement = an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit
      • straggle = a wandering or disorderly grouping
      • kingdom = a basic group of natural objects
      • biological group = a group of plants or animals
      • biotic community / community = a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other
      • people = any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
      • social group = people sharing some social relation
      • accumulation / aggregation / assemblage / collection = several things grouped together or considered as a whole
      • edition = all of the identical copies of something offered to the public at the same time
      • electron shell = a grouping of electrons surrounding the nucleus of an atom
      • ethnic group / ethnos = people of the same race or nationality who share a distinctive culture
      • race = people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock
      • association = a group of organisms (plants and animals) that live together in a certain geographical region and constitute a community with a few dominant species
      • fold = any group of people sharing a history, religion, activity, goal, etc.
      • cloud / swarm = a group of many things in the air or on the ground
      • subgroup = a distinct and often subordinate group within a group
      • sainthood = saints collectively
      • citizenry / people = the body of citizens of a state or country
      • population = a group of organisms of the same species inhabiting a given area
      • the great unwashed / hoi polloi / multitude / masses / people / mass = the common people generally
      • varna = the name for the original social division of Vedic people into four groups
      • circuit = a judicial division of a state or the United States
      • scheme / system = a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole
      • series = a group of postage stamps having a common theme or a group of coins or currency selected as a group for study or collection
      • actinide / actinoid / actinon = any of a series of radioactive elements with atomic numbers 89 through 103
      • rare-earth element / lanthanide / lanthanoid / rare earth / lanthanon = any element of the lanthanide series
      • halogen = any of five related nonmetallic elements (fluorine or chlorine or bromine or iodine or astatine) that are all monovalent and readily form negative ions
    • instance: Great Lakes = a group of five large, interconnected lakes in central North America
  2. the activity of putting things together in groups
  3. a system for classifying things into groups

Alternative definition of the noun grouping


  1. A collection of things or people united as a group.
  2. The action of the verb 'to group'.


Grouping is a form of hierarchical knowledge representation, similar to mind mapping, concept mapping and argument mapping, all of which need to observe at least some of the principles of grouping.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Grouping

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Google previewOrganization Theory and Design (2012)

by Richard L. Daft

Divisional grouping means people are organized according to what the organization produces.

Virtual network grouping is the most recent approach to departmental grouping.

Google previewThe Visual Foxpro Report Writer (2002)

Pushing It to the Limit and Beyond by Cathy Pountney, Dave Aring

Data Grouping means that certain records in the report are grouped together because of some similarity. For example, a...

Google previewFailure-Tolerant Computer Design (2014)

by William H. Pierce

A reciprocal grouping is any in which the fact the ith redundant signal is connected to the jth gate implies that the jth redundant signal is connected to the ith gate.

Google previewAccounting for Sustainability (2010)

Practical Insights by Anthony G. Hopwood, Jeffrey Unerman, Jessica Fries

The first grouping is the Company Sustainable Development Committee (SDC), a sub-committee of the EDF Energy Board, comprising the Executive...

The third grouping is a Delivery Group (DG) responsible for 82 Accounting for Sustainability.

Google previewEffect of Grouping on Language Development of English Learners (2009)

by Seema Sabharwal

The pedagogical justification given for ability grouping is that it makes it easier for the teacher to address a bigger group of students' needs at the same time (Glass, 2002). In contrast, the sociological justification given for rejection of ability ...

Google previewHandbook of Meat, Poultry and Seafood Quality (2012)

by Leo M. L. Nollet

Focus grouping is a qualitative sensory method that is based on the moderated discussion of 6–12 real consumers. A moderator is nondirective. The principle of focus grouping is that consumers get the sample and discuss its properties.

Google previewTen Lectures on the Elaboration of Cognitive Grammar (2017)

by Ronald Langacker

Conceptual grouping is the mental operation whereby multiple entities are connected and conceived as a single entity for higherlevel purposes. The result is a thing. (b) With object nouns (e.g. bowl, knife, table, dog) the grouping is so ...

Google previewAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Population: 2000 (2010)

Census 2000 Brief by Stella U. Ogunwole

Tribal grouping refers to the combining of individual American Indian tribes, such as Alamo Navajo, Tohajiileehee Navajo, and Ramah Navajo into the general Navajo tribe, or the combining of individual Alaska Native tribes such as ...

Google previewInteractive Technologies and Sociotechnical Systems (2006)

12th International Conference, VSMM 2006, Xi'an, China, October 18-20, 2006, Proceedings by Hongbin Zha

Contour grouping is an important issue in computer vision. However, traditional ways tackling the problem usually fail to provide as satisfying results as human vision can do. One important feature of human vision mechanism is that human ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Education and Human Development (2015)

by Stephen J. Farenga, Immanuel Ness

Grouping. Groups may be considered homogenous or heterogeneous based on several different factors. One might consider age, interests, academic skill, social background, physical abilities, preferred learning styles, or any number of ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of School Segregation and Desegregation (1998)

The American Experience by Jeffrey A. Raffel

ABILITY GROUPING. The placement of students with purportedly similar abilities or attainment into the same classroom, educational program, or instructional group. The placement may range from temporary groups in individual classrooms to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Maryland (1999)

by Nancy Capace

The General Assembly, by law, shall classify all such municipal corporations by grouping them into not more than four classes based on population as determined by the most recent census made under the authority of the United States or ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Education Law (2008)

by Charles J. Russo

Like many other educational controversies over the past half century, the issue of student grouping has been almost as likely to be tested in the courtroom as in the classroom. Legal Challenges and Parameters Tracking, an extreme form of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Curriculum Studies (2010)

by Craig Kridel

Heterogeneous-Homogeneous Grouping Ability grouping, and its close relative, tracking, ...

Google previewThe Eat Right 4 Your Type The complete Blood Type Encyclopedia (2002)

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

Human beings possess as many as 300 independent blood grouping systems, although the ABO system is by far the most important, both from a...

it is one of the few blood grouping systems with extensive expression outside the bloodstream.

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Group of local high school hanging around around the junction. Probably waiting for bus to their home.

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Quotes about Grouping

I think, then, that man, after having satisfied his first longing for facts, wanted something fuller - some grouping, some adaptation to his capacity and experience, of the links of this vast chain of events which his sight could not take in. (Alfred de Vigny)
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Scrabble value of G2R1O1U1P3I1N1G2

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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