Definition of Cohesion

1. Noun. The state of cohering or sticking together.

Exact synonyms: Coherence, Coherency, Cohesiveness
Generic synonyms: Connectedness, Connection, Link
Specialized synonyms: Consistency, Continuity
Derivative terms: Cohere, Coherent, Cohere, Coherent, Cohere, Cohesive, Cohesive
Antonyms: Incoherence

2. Noun. (botany) the process in some plants of parts growing together that are usually separate (such as petals).
Category relationships: Botany, Phytology
Generic synonyms: Development, Growing, Growth, Maturation, Ontogenesis, Ontogeny

3. Noun. (physics) the intermolecular force that holds together the molecules in a solid or liquid.
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Force

Definition of Cohesion

1. n. The act or state of sticking together; close union.

Definition of Cohesion

1. Noun. State of cohering, or of working together. ¹

2. Noun. (physics chemistry) Various intermolecular forces that hold solids and liquids together. ¹

3. Noun. (biology) Growing together of normally distinct parts of a plant. ¹

4. Noun. (computing) Degree to which different modules in a computing system are functionally dependent on others. ¹

5. Noun. (linguistics) Grammatical or lexical relationship between different parts of the same text. ¹

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Definition of Cohesion

1. the act or state of cohering [n -S] : COHESIVE [adj]

Medical Definition of Cohesion

1. The sticking together of floral parts of the same whorl without organic fusion. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cohesion

coherent light
coherent radiation
cohesion (current term)
cohesive energy
cohesive force
cohesive gold

Literary usage of Cohesion

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report of the Annual Meeting (1862)
"The particles of the drop endeavour to maintain their cohesion, the adhesion of the surface tends to overcome it; hence a well-defined figure, ..."

2. Elements of Chemistry: Theoretical and Practical by William Allen Miller (1877)
"(44) Reunion of Divided Solids Ъу cohesion.—Particles of a similar nature will, under the influence of cohesion, reunite, after complete separation, ..."

3. The Design of Walls, Bins, and Grain Elevators by Milo Smith Ketchum (1911)
"In the design of temporary retaining walls and in the design of the bracing for deep trenches and for tunnels the effect of cohesion should be considered. ..."

4. Physics by Balfour Stewart (1889)
"What would happen if there were no cohesion ? 3. ... In which state has it no cohesion ? 3. Describe an experiment showing that mercury has some cohesion. ..."

5. Scientific Dialogues for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young People by Jeremiah Joyce (1866)
"?—How is the power of cohesion exhibited in the case of leaden bullets ? ... Give me some instances in which the attraction of cohesion is overcome? ..."

6. Elements of Chemistry ...: Designed for the Use of Schools and Academies by John Lee Comstock (1831)
"cohesion. By cohesion we mean that attractive force by which the ... Where the affinities are strong and the cohesion slight, the union is effected with ..."

7. Transactions by American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Metallurgical Society of AIME, Society of Mining Engineers of AIME., Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (U.S.). (1921)
"The increase in cohesion of the whole mass could be brought about by the ... In the first place, the particles of the matrix would establish cohesion bonds ..."

8. Principles of Physics, Or, Natural Philosophy: Designed for the Use of by Benjamin Silliman (1866)
"Adhesion is distinguished from cohesion by the fact that while the latter occurs ... The terms cohesion and adhesion are often used interchangeably, and, ..."

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