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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Consistency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the physical quality which is given by the degree of firmness, solidity, density, and viscosity
  • n. the staying together, or remaining in close relation of non-physical things
  • n. standing still; quiescence; state of rest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition of standing or adhering together, or being fixed in union, as the parts of a body; existence; firmness; coherence; solidity.
  • n. A degree of firmness, density, viscosity, or spissitude; a measure of the ability to hold together when manipulated.
  • n. That which stands together as a united whole; a combination.
  • n. Firmness of constitution or character; substantiality; durability; persistency.
  • n. Agreement or harmony of all parts of a complex thing among themselves, or of the same thing with itself at different times; the harmony of conduct with profession; congruity; correspondence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Literally, a standing together; firm union, as of the parts of a rigid body; hence, the relation of the parts or elements of a body with reference to the firmness of their connection; physical constitution.
  • n. Henee State or degree of density or viscosity: as, the consistency of cream, or of honey.
  • n. A dense or viscous substance.
  • n. Nature, constitution, or character.
  • n. Harmonious connection, as of the parts of a system or of conduct, or of related things or principles; agreement or harmony of all parts of a complex thing among themselves, or of the same thing with itself at different times, or of one thing with another or others; eongruity; uniformity: as, the consistency of laws, regulations, or judicial decisions: consistency of religious life; consistency of behavior or of character.
  • n. Permanence; persistence; stability.
  • n. That which stands together as a united whole; a combination.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of holding together and retaining its shape
  • n. a harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts

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  • The greatest poet forms the consistence of what is to be, from what has been and is. Preface 1855

    December 9, 2006