- to stick together; be united; hold fast, as parts of the same mass: The particles of wet flour cohered to form a paste.
- Physics. (of two or more similar substances) to be united within a body by the action of molecular forces.
- to be naturally or logically connected: Without sound reasoning no argument will cohere.
- to agree; be congruous: Her account of the incident cohered with his.
Origin of cohere
1590–1600; < Latin cohaerēre, equivalent to co- co- + haerēre to stick, cling
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1. See stick2. 3. follow.
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Examples from the Web for cohere
But some things do not at all cohere with what is otherwise known of Albert.
There must be no interval, that is, between the parts, or they will not cohere.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 2 (of 10)
Milk will be necessary to mix it, and also a beaten egg to make it cohere.The Young Housekeeper's Friend
Mrs. (Mary Hooker) Cornelius
When the two cohere they establish the current of existence.The Women of Tomorrow
Had it shaken the atoms of his young purpose too far astray for them ever to cohere again?Old Crow
- to hold or stick firmly together
- to be connected logically; be consistent
- physics to be held together by the action of molecular forces
C16: from Latin cohaerēre from co- together + haerēre to cling, adhere
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Word Origin and History for cohere
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