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clique

[klēk]
(mathematics)
In a graph, a complete subgraph of that graph.

Clique

 

a group of people striving to achieve by any available means base, selfish aims (for example, a court clique or fascist clique).

clique

(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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Former Three Lions skipper Gerrard, who won 114 international caps over 14 years, said: "Possibly, I felt like there was a couple of cliques there.
Yet virtually every club I've been at has had them and, funnily enough, the only dressing room where I didn't see any cliques was at Leicester.
Ooh, those pesky foreigners, with their dressing-room cliques.
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SPLC surveys identified the cafeteria as the place where students feel social divisions and cliques are most apparent.
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m] be the number of cliques of size m in G(n, [tau]).
I've seen plenty of cliques at clubs during my career and believe me, the majority of lads here get on really well.
They discovered that throughout society we often form cliques and circles of friends with common interests, such as politics, music, religion, sport or the same profession.
In the Kevin Keegan era, players split into cliques when they joined up on international duty - but the ex-Chelsea and Newcastle boss insisted there must be no return to the bad old days of the Mancunian-Merseyside rivalry.
Conversely, if the clique number is less than the chromatic number [omega](G) < [gamma](G) then the number of the cliques in G must be odd number.
Cliques resemble peer groups by being natural formations, but unlike them provide largely negative experiences for members and non-members.