(?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cohered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Cohering (?).] [L. cohaerere, cohaesum; co- + haerere to stick, adhere. See Aghast, a.] 1. To stick together; to cleave; to be united; to hold fast, as parts of the same mass.
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Neither knows he . . . how the solid parts of the body are united or cohere together.
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2. To be united or connected together in subordination to one purpose; to follow naturally and logically, as the parts of a discourse, or as arguments in a train of reasoning; to be logically consistent.
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They have been inserted where they best seemed to cohere.
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3. To suit; to agree; to fit. [Obs.]
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Had time cohered with place, or place with wishing.

Syn. -- To cleave; unite; adhere; stick; suit; agree; fit; be consistent.
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(?) }, n. [L. cohaerentia: cf. F. cohrence.] 1. A sticking or cleaving together; union of parts of the same body; cohesion.
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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.
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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.
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3. the state of cohering.
Syn. -- cohesion, cohesiveness.
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