[syn: consistency, consistence, eubstance, body]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Consistence \Con*sist"ence\, Consistency \Con*sist"en*cy\, n.
[Cf. F. consistance.]
1. The condition of standing or adhering together, or being
fixed in union, as the parts of a body; existence;
firmness; coherence; solidity.
Water, being divided, maketh many circles, till it
restore itself to the natural consistence. --Bacon.
We are as water, weak, and of no consistence. --Jer.
The same form, substance, and consistency. --T.
2. A degree of firmness, density, viscosity, or spissitude; a
measure of the ability to hold together when manipulated.
Let the expressed juices be boiled into the
consistence of a sirup. --Arbuthnot.
3. That which stands together as a united whole; a
The church of God, as meaning the whole consistence
of orders and members. --Milton.
4. Firmness of constitution or character; substantiality;
His friendship is of a noble make and a lasting
5. Agreement or harmony of all parts of a complex thing among
themselves, or of the same thing with itself at different
times; the harmony of conduct with profession; congruity;
correspondence; as, the consistency of laws, regulations,
or judicial decisions; consistency of opinions;
consistency of conduct or of character.
That consistency of behavior whereby he inflexibly
pursues those measures which appear the most just.
Consistency, thou art a jewel. --Popular
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts
[syn: consistency, consistence] [ant: inconsistency]
2: the property of holding together and retaining its shape;
"wool has more body than rayon"; "when the dough has enough
consistency it is ready to bake" [syn: consistency,
consistence, eubstance, body]