American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or state of cohering, especially a logical, orderly, and aesthetically consistent relationship of parts.
- n. Physics The property of being coherent, as of waves.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or state of cohering; a sticking or cleaving of one thing to another, or of parts of the same body to each other, or a cleaving together of two bodies, as by the force of attraction.
- n. Suitable connection or dependence, proceeding from the natural relation of parts or things to each other, as in the parts of a discourse or of any system; consistency.
- n. In mathematics See adherence, 6.
- n. Quality of cohering; of being coherent; internal consistency.
- n. a logical arrangements of parts
- n. physics the property of having the same wavelength and phase.
- n. linguistics Semantic relationship between different parts of the same text.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sticking or cleaving together; union of parts of the same body; cohesion.
- n. Connection or dependence, proceeding from the subordination of the parts of a thing to one principle or purpose, as in the parts of a discourse, or of a system of philosophy; a logical and orderly and consistent relation of parts; consecutiveness.
- n. the state of cohering.
- n. the state of cohering or sticking together
- n. logical and orderly and consistent relation of parts
- From Middle French coherence, from Latin cohaerentia. (Wiktionary)
“I think the total lack of coherence from the administartion shows that Bush is right.”
“Kevin Starr said, “You would need a coherent political culture for such a session to occur” — and the lack of such coherence is exactly the problem — “otherwise it would turn into a food fight from Animal House.””
“That our society has an interest in coherence and strength and commitment and mutually reinforcing loyalties, then if gay couples want to call their union marriage and a state agrees, and several have now, or a religious body will sanction it - and I don't think the state should be able to stop the religious bodies from saying it - I don't think the rest of us should get in the way of that.”
“But still: I like a coherent narrative thread, and so far as coherence is possible in personal narratives, why not pursue it?”
“Many of the books are a little slow to start and occasionally the story is a bit lacking in coherence, but those are just minor annoyances.”
“I suspect that desire for respect is as genetically hard-wired into us as the ostracism of outsiders; the tribe needs to maintain coherence, but the outsider needs to get closer to the fire.”
“Self-coherence is the key quality by which Clute distinguishes fantasy from the fantastic, projecting the notion of story onto that of narrative.”
“BUT if cultural coherence is the problem then this is obviously true ....”
“Its coherence is evident; it is too lovely and lucid to be frustrating or dull.”
“Expecting any coherence from the tinfoil hat wearing brigade is a waste of time.”
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