from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Quality of cohering; of being coherent; internal consistency.
- n. a logical arrangements of parts
- n. the property of having the same wavelength and phase.
- n. Semantic relationship between different parts of the same text.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)