[syn: coherence, coherency]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Coherence \Co*her"ence\, Coherency \Co*her"en*cy\, n. [L.
cohaerentia: cf. F. coh['e]rence.]
1. A sticking or cleaving together; union of parts of the
same body; cohesion.
2. Connection or dependence, proceeding from the
subordination of the parts of a thing to one principle or
purpose, as in the parts of a discourse, or of a system of
philosophy; a logical and orderly and consistent relation
of parts; consecutiveness.
Coherence of discourse, and a direct tendency of all
the parts of it to the argument in hand, are most
eminently to be found in him. --Locke.
3. the state of cohering.
Syn: cohesion, cohesiveness.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the state of cohering or sticking together [syn:
coherence, coherency, cohesion, cohesiveness] [ant:
2: logical and orderly and consistent relation of parts [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
103 Moby Thesaurus words for "coherence":
accord, accordance, accretion, adherence, adhesion, affinity,
agglomeration, agglutination, agreement, assent, bond, chorus,
clarity, clear-cutness, clearness, cling, clinging, clotting,
clustering, coagulation, cohesion, cohesiveness, coincidence,
compaction, compatibility, concert, concord, concordance,
concretion, condensation, conformance, conformation, conformity,
congealment, congelation, congeniality, conglobation,
conglomeration, congruence, congruency, congruity, connectedness,
consistency, consolidation, consonance, consort, cooperation,
correspondence, crystallinity, definition, directness,
distinctness, equivalence, explicitness, harmony, impartibility,
indiscerptibility, indissolubility, indivisibility, infrangibility,
infusibility, inseparability, insolubility, integrity,
intersection, junction, limpidity, lucidity, oneness, overlap,
parallelism, peace, pellucidity, perspicuity, plain English,
plain speech, plain style, plainness, rapport, self-consistency,
set, simplicity, solidarity, solidification, sticking,
straightforwardness, structure, symmetry, sync, synchronism, tally,
timing, transparency, transpicuity, unadorned style,
unambiguousness, unequivocalness, uniformity, union, unison,
unisonance, unity, unmistakableness