- the act or state of cohering, uniting, or sticking together.
- Physics. the molecular force between particles within a body or substance that acts to unite them.Compare adhesion(def 4).
- Botany. the congenital union of one part with another.
- Linguistics. the property of unity in a written text or a segment of spoken discourse that stems from links among its surface elements, as when words in one sentence are repeated in another, and especially from the fact that some words or phrases depend for their interpretation upon material in preceding or following text, as in the sequence Be assured of this. Most people do not want to fight. However, they will do so when provoked, where this refers to the two sentences that follow, they refers back to most people, do so substitutes for the preceding verb fight, and however relates the clause that follows to the preceding sentence.Compare coherence(def 5).
Origin of cohesion
Examples from the Web for cohesion
With Do It Again, is that cohesion musical, sonic, or thematic?Robyn and Royksopp’s Summertime Soundtrack ‘Do It Again’
May 27, 2014
Such myths, Manchester argues, may be vestigial in the modern era, but they remain vital to the cohesion of a culture.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley
November 3, 2013
I believe this would substantially improve our cohesion, integration, and security in this county.Donning the Turban: Harleen Kaur’s Response to Oak Creek Massacre
Simran Jeet Singh
August 5, 2013
Yet the great national commitment to victory in World War II stands out as a singular shining moment of cohesion and unity.The Revolution of 1940: America’s Fight Over Entering World War II
June 23, 2013
It lacks the tradition and cohesion that older parties possess.Israel’s “None Of The Above” Party
January 28, 2013
He may be described as confusing the attraction of gravitation with the attraction of cohesion.Timaeus
The law of attraction and cohesion everywhere is the law of sex-activity.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
The long wade through the water and mud had upset the cohesion of the Brigade.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
There is "cohesion" between them, but it is less powerful than in a solid.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
Then, the cohesion of wealth is not always an intelligent force.The American Empire
- the act or state of cohering; tendency to unite
- physics the force that holds together the atoms or molecules in a solid or liquid, as distinguished from adhesion
- botany the fusion in some plants of flower parts, such as petals, that are usually separate
Word Origin and History for cohesion
1670s, from French cohésion, from Latin cohaesionem (nominative cohaesio) "a sticking together," noun of action from past participle stem of cohaerere "to stick together" (see cohere).
- The intermolecular attraction that holds molecules and masses together.
- The force of attraction that holds molecules of a given substance together. It is strongest in solids, less strong in liquids, and least strong in gases. Cohesion of molecules causes drops to form in liquids (as when liquid mercury is poured on a piece of glass), and causes condensing water vapor to form the droplets that make clouds. Compare adhesion.