[in-koh-heer-uh nt, -her-]
- without logical or meaningful connection; disjointed; rambling: an incoherent sentence.
- characterized by such thought or language, as a person: incoherent with rage.
- not coherent or cohering: an incoherent mixture.
- lacking physical cohesion; loose: incoherent dust.
- lacking unity or harmony of elements: an incoherent public.
- lacking congruity of parts; uncoordinated.
- different or incompatible by nature, as things.
- Physics. (of a wave) having a low degree of coherence.Compare coherent(def 4).
Origin of incoherent
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1. confused, irrational, muddled.
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Examples from the Web for incoherently
Harold Ford is exiting the New York Senate race the same way he almost entered it: incoherently.Harold Ford's Bumbling Exit
March 3, 2010
"I didn't—The last letter wasn't like the first," she said, incoherently, but it seemed he understood.Quaint Courtships
But they are incoherently viewed and urged; they do not as yet form a national creed.Another Sheaf
Incoherently she started to tell the whole story over again.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
"I've just had the most lovely idea," said Allie incoherently.In Blue Creek Caon
Anna Chapin Ray
He spoke so quickly and incoherently that Elsie could not make out what he was saying.Little Folks (October 1884)
- lacking in clarity or organization; disordered
- unable to express oneself clearly; inarticulate
- physics (of two or more waves) having the same frequency but not the same phaseincoherent light
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Word Origin and History for incoherently
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