[ koh-heer-er, -her- ]

  1. a person or thing that coheres.

  2. Radio. a device usually used in detecting radio waves, as a tube filled with a conducting substance in granular form, whose electrical resistance increases when struck by radio waves.

Origin of coherer

First recorded in 1890–95; cohere + -er1

Words Nearby coherer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for coherer


/ (kəʊˈhɪərə) /

  1. physics an electrical component formerly used to detect radio waves, consisting of a tube containing loosely packed metal particles. The waves caused the particles to cohere, thereby changing the current through the circuit

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