Clique



[kleek, klik] /klik, klɪk/

noun
1.
a small, exclusive group of people; coterie; set.
verb (used without object), cliqued, cliquing.
2.
Informal. to form, or associate in, a clique.
/kliːk; klɪk/
noun
1.
a small, exclusive group of friends or associates
n.

1711, “a party of persons; a small set, especially one associating for exclusivity,” from obsolete French clique, originally (14c.) “a sharp noise,” also “latch, bolt of a door,” from Old French cliquer “click, clatter, crackle, clink,” 13c., echoic. Apparently this word was at one time treated in French as the equivalent of claque (q.v.) and partook of that word’s theatrical sense.
mathematics
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.
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