from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To stick or hold together in a mass that resists separation.
- intransitive v. To have internal elements or parts logically connected so that aesthetic consistency results: "The movie as a whole failed to cohere” ( Robert Brustein).
- transitive v. To cause to form a united, orderly, and aesthetically consistent whole.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To stick together physically, by adhesion or figuratively by common purpose.
- v. To be consistent as part of a group.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To stick together; to cleave; to be united; to hold fast, as parts of the same mass.
- intransitive v. To be united or connected together in subordination to one purpose; to follow naturally and logically, as the parts of a discourse, or as arguments in a train of reasoning; to be logically consistent.
- intransitive v. To suit; to agree; to fit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stick, or stick together; cleave; be united; hold fast, as one thing to another, or parts of the same mass, or two substances that attract each other.
- To be well connected or coherent; follow regularly in the natural or logical order; be suited in connection, as the parts of a discourse, or as arguments in a train of reasoning.
- To suit; be fitted; agree.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. have internal elements or parts logically connected so that aesthetic consistency results
- v. cause to form a united, orderly, and aesthetically consistent whole
- v. come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
Latin cohaerēre : co-, co- + haerēre, to cling.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin cohaereō ("I cohere”, “I cling (closely) together”, “I harmonise”, “I am consistent (with)”, “I am in agreement with"). (Wiktionary)