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    clustering hair

    "Her hair was clustering and boyish, reaching only to the neck." source: A Voyage to Arcturus

    Can you explain the meaning of clustering here? I know the meaning of cluster, but cannot quite visualise clustering hair.

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    Re: clustering hair

    The following might be worth your reference.
    http://www.ephere.com/plugins/autode..._Modifier.html
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    Re: clustering hair

    I have checked out the website you suggested. There clustering seems to mean putting some part of the hair in one group, as the visuals suggest. Yet, in my context, the sentence goes like "her hair was clustering"; It is not "her hair was clustered". I mean, if to cluster means to group here, then clustering wouldn't make sense, but clustered would mean grouped, as in the visuals. What do you think?

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    Re: clustering hair

    To cluster means 'to come together in a small group or groups'── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...lish/cluster_2
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    Re: clustering hair

    I have never heard hair described as "clustering". It seems very odd to me.

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    Re: clustering hair

    I think it may be mainly a poetic term.

    e.g. The Waverley Novels, Volume 5, by Sir Walter Scott. (Bottom of the page.)
    http://tinyurl.com/pxzsofj

    or Don Juan, by Lord Byron:
    http://tinyurl.com/nuh7du9
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 24-Jul-2015 at 16:07. Reason: Updated, as I found Byron used it as well.

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    Re: clustering hair

    This is how I picture clustering hair, in around 1920, when the book was published.

    http://tinyurl.com/nkwh56q

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