Group (gr?p), n. [F
groupe, It. gruppo, groppo, cluster, bunch,
packet, group; of G. origin: cf. G. kropf craw, crop, tumor,
bunch. See Crop, n.] 1.
A cluster, crowd, or throng; an assemblage, either of persons or
things, collected without any regular form or arrangement; as, a
group of men or of trees; a group of isles.
2. An assemblage of objects in a certain
order or relation, or having some resemblance or common
characteristic; as, groups of strata.
3. (Biol.) A variously limited
assemblage of animals or plants, having some resemblance, or common
characteristics in form or structure. The term has different uses,
and may be made to include certain species of a genus, or a whole
genus, or certain genera, or even several orders.
4. (Mus.) A number of eighth,
sixteenth, etc., notes joined at the stems; -- sometimes rather
indefinitely applied to any ornament made up of a few short
Group, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Grouped (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Grouping.] [Cf. F. grouper. See Group,
n.] To form a group of; to arrange or combine
in a group or in groups, often with reference to mutual relation and
the best effect; to form an assemblage of.
The difficulty lies in drawing and disposing, or, as
the painters term it, in grouping such a multitude of
different objects. Prior.
Grouped columns (Arch.), three or
more columns placed upon the same pedestal.