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cohere

[koh-heer] /koʊˈhɪər/
verb (used without object), cohered, cohering.
1.
to stick together; be united; hold fast, as parts of the same mass:
The particles of wet flour cohered to form a paste.
2.
Physics. (of two or more similar substances) to be united within a body by the action of molecular forces.
3.
to be naturally or logically connected:
Without sound reasoning no argument will cohere.
4.
to agree; be congruous:
Her account of the incident cohered with his.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin cohaerēre, equivalent to co- co- + haerēre to stick, cling
Synonyms
1. See stick2 . 3. follow.
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  • These layers of resources to cohere discrete bits requires machines, which require heat dissipation.
  • Using heel of your hand, knead dough bits until they cohere.
  • But the movie is so sloppily written and directed that its bits of bluster never cohere.
  • Some of the writing is formidable, yet the action of the plot never seems likely to cohere.
  • Even when taken together, however, these elements fail to cohere into a completely satisfying explanation.
  • But they only rarely cohere into a three-dimensional landscape.
  • The movements, however, seldom cohere into serious phrases and never into sustained dances.
  • But there is only one moment in this production when all its elements cohere perfectly.
  • Conversely, policies designed to promote spending are more likely to be successful if they cohere with those predispositions.
  • Not all the lines of thought that support the book's main thrust are equally convincing, and they do not always cohere neatly.
British Dictionary definitions for cohere

cohere

/kəʊˈhɪə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to hold or stick firmly together
2.
to be connected logically; be consistent
3.
(physics) to be held together by the action of molecular forces
Word Origin
C16: from Latin cohaerēre from co- together + haerēre to cling, adhere
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Word Origin and History for cohere
v.

1590s, from Latin cohaerere "to cleave together," in transferred use, "be coherent or consistent," from com- "together" (see co-) + haerere "to stick" (see hesitation). Related: Cohered; cohering.

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