from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act, process, or condition of cohering: exhibited strong cohesion in the family unit.
- n. Physics The intermolecular attraction by which the elements of a body are held together.
- n. Botany The congenital union of parts of the same kind, such as a calyx of five united sepals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. State of cohering, or of working together.
- n. Various intermolecular forces that hold solids and liquids together.
- n. Growing together of normally distinct parts of a plant.
- n. Degree to which different modules in a computing system are functionally dependent on others.
- n. Grammatical or lexical relationship between different parts of the same text.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or state of sticking together; close union.
- n. That from of attraction by which the particles of a body are united throughout the mass, whether like or unlike; -- distinguished from adhesion, which unites bodies by their adjacent surfaces.
- n. Logical agreement and dependence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or state of cohering, uniting, or sticking together; specifically, in physical, the state in which, or the force by which, the molecules of the same material are bound together, so as to form a continuous homogeneous mass.
- n. In botany, the congenital union of one part with another.
- n. Connection; dependence; affinity; coherence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (botany) the process in some plants of parts growing together that are usually separate (such as petals)
- n. the state of cohering or sticking together
- n. (physics) the intermolecular force that holds together the molecules in a solid or liquid
Following Augustin Pyranius De Candolle, botanists have applied the term cohesion to the coalescence of parts of the same organ or of members of the same whorl; for instance, to the union of the sepals in a gamosepalous calyx, or of the petals in a gamopetalous corolla.
Until recently, the term cohesion had but one special meaning to dentists, and that as applied to gold for filling teeth; being understood as the property by which layers of this metal could be united without force so as to be inseparable.
After a twenty year study of immigrant families in Roseto, and a comparable study in a nearby, non-immigrant town, they found that health and welfare were dependent on what they called cohesion, the opposite of isolation and the antithesis of distrust.
He kept using the word "cohesion" in speaking about how the party must be reorganized, arguing there are too many separate fiefdoms at present.
And something that would be very disruptive to good order and discipline and unit cohesion is if we've got this issue bouncing around in the courts, as it already has over the last several weeks, where the Pentagon and the chain of command doesn't know at any given time what rules they're working under.
Republicans – your pettiness and attack machinery cannot work among the electorates who are intelligent and appreciate the disadvantage of divisive politics where cohesion is needed.
Id. Congress found that unit cohesion is improved by reducing or eliminating the potential for sexual tension to distract the members of the unit, and by protecting the personal privacy of service members.
If we believe that any amount of unit cohesion is enough to end the debate, we thus, by definition, believe continuing the policy is merited.
What damages unit cohesion is the enforced secrecy, if anything.
One sure way to erode social cohesion, is to have a multi-lingual nation.