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clutter

[kluht-er] /ˈklʌt ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to fill or litter with things in a disorderly manner:
All kinds of papers cluttered the top of his desk.
verb (used without object)
2.
British Dialect. to run in disorder; move with bustle and confusion.
3.
British Dialect. to make a clatter.
4.
to speak so rapidly and inexactly that distortions of sound and phrasing result.
noun
5.
a disorderly heap or assemblage; litter:
It's impossible to find anything in all this clutter.
6.
a state or condition of confusion.
7.
confused noise; clatter.
8.
an echo or echoes on a radar screen that do not come from the target and can be caused by such factors as atmospheric conditions, objects other than the target, chaff, and jamming of the radar signal.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; variant of clotter (now obsolete), equivalent to clot + -er6
Related forms
overclutter, verb (used with object)
unclutter, verb (used with object)
uncluttered, adjective
Synonyms
5. mess, disorder, jumble.
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Examples for clutter
  • The clutter this causes on the screen is made worse when the signal is bounced around between different turbines in the same farm.
  • Looking up removed the clutter of the background and turned their tartans into dramatic shapes.
  • Your own street is a clutter of rubble and collapsed buildings.
  • The house closets are enviable for their lack of clutter.
  • Some of the respondents are concerned that wanted e-mail will be lost in the clutter of unwanted e-mail.
  • Still, not all price-conscious retailers are crazy for clutter.
  • Our faculty and staff have appreciated the clutter reduction and time and paper saved.
  • Rooster's mobile home is parked beneath the leaves of real trees, with a hen coop, and a clutter of broken furniture.
  • Don't clutter your display by trying to showcase everything.
  • The stack of cards can quickly grow and clutter my desk, but a daily clean up of stacking them up helps.
British Dictionary definitions for clutter

clutter

/ˈklʌtə/
verb
1.
(usually transitive) often foll by up. to strew or amass (objects) in a disorderly manner
2.
(intransitive) to move about in a bustling manner
3.
(intransitive) to chatter or babble
noun
4.
a disordered heap or mass of objects
5.
a state of disorder
6.
unwanted echoes that confuse the observation of signals on a radar screen
Word Origin
C15 clotter, from clotteren to clot
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Word Origin and History for clutter
clutter
1550s, var. of clotern "to form clots, to heap on," sense of "litter" is first recorded 1660s. (see clot).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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