[koh-heer-uh nt, -her-]
- logically connected; consistent: a coherent argument.
- having a natural or due agreement of parts; harmonious: a coherent design.
- cohering; sticking together: a coherent mass of sticky candies.
- Physics, Optics. of or relating to waves that maintain a fixed phase relationship, as in coherent light, or light in which the electromagnetic waves maintain a fixed and predictable phase relationship with each other over a period of time.See also laser.
Origin of coherent
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Examples from the Web for coherently
Mr. Sheen clearly and coherently denied those allegations in his interview with the Today show Wednesday morning.Who Is Brooke Mueller?
March 6, 2011
But when he did find spoken words for it, they came to him coherently, though slowly.A Tale of Two Cities
He delivered his master's message as coherently as he could.The Purcell Papers
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
So far, it was evidently written at one sitting, calmly and coherently.The Slipper Point Mystery
Augusta Huiell Seaman
At first she was hardly able to speak, or even to think, coherently.The Lady of the Shroud
It was a necessity of his nature to think clearly and coherently.Twentieth Century Socialism
- capable of logical and consistent speech, thought, etc
- logical; consistent and orderly
- cohering or sticking together
- physics (of two or more waves) having the same phase or a fixed phase differencecoherent light
- (of a system of units) consisting only of units the quotient or product of any two of which yield the unit of the resultant quantity
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Word Origin and History for coherently
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