Co*here"(?), 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.
Neither knows he . . . how the solid parts of the body are united or cohere together.Locke.
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.
They have been inserted where they best seemed to cohere.Burke.
3. To suit; to agree; to fit.
Had time cohered with place, or place with wishing.Shak.
Syn. -- To cleave; unite; adhere; stick; suit; agree; fit; be consistent.
Co*her"en*cy(?) }, n. [L. cohaerentia: cf. F. cohrence.] 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.
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