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[koh-heer] /koʊˈhɪər/
verb (used without object), cohered, cohering.
to stick together; be united; hold fast, as parts of the same mass:
The particles of wet flour cohered to form a paste.
Physics. (of two or more similar substances) to be united within a body by the action of molecular forces.
to be naturally or logically connected:
Without sound reasoning no argument will cohere.
to agree; be congruous:
Her account of the incident cohered with his.
Origin of cohere
1590-1600; < Latin cohaerēre, equivalent to co- co- + haerēre to stick, cling
1. See stick2 . 3. follow. Unabridged
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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


verb (intransitive)
to hold or stick firmly together
to be connected logically; be consistent
(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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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