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Meaning of CLIQUE

Pronunciation:  kleek

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

CLIQUE is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: camp, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack
 See Also: band, Bloomsbury Group, cabal, camarilla, circle, faction, galere, hard core, junta, junto, loop, lot, maffia, mafia, rogue's gallery, sect, set



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Clique\, n. [F., fr. OF. cliquer to click. See {Click},
    v. i.]
    A narrow circle of persons associated by common interests or
    for the accomplishment of a common purpose; -- generally used
    in a bad sense.
  2. \Clique\, v. i.
    To To associate together in a clannish way; to act with
    others secretly to gain a desired end; to plot; -- used with
Computing Dictionary

A maximal totally connected subgraph. Given a graph with nodes N, a clique C is a subset of N where every node in C is directly connected to every other node in C (i.e. C is totally connected), and C contains all such nodes (C is maximal). In other words, a clique contains all, and only, those nodes which are directly connected to all other nodes in the clique.

Thesaurus Terms
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