Co*her"ent(?), a. [L. cohaerens, p. pr. See Cohere.] 1. Sticking together; cleaving; as the parts of bodies; solid or fluid. Arbuthnot.
2. Composed of mutually dependent parts; making a logical whole; consistent; as, a
coherent plan, argument, or discourse.
3. Logically consistent; -- applied to persons; as, a
4. Suitable or suited; adapted; accordant.
Instruct my daughter how she shall persever,Shak.
That time and place, with this deceit so lawful,
May prove coherent.
(Physics, Optics) Of or pertaining to electromagnetic waves that have a constant phase relationship with each other; having identical phase at all points; as, the
coherent light produced by a laser.
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