Definition of "coherent" []

  • Sticking together; cohering. (adjective)
  • Marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts: a coherent essay. (adjective)
  • Physics Of, relating to, or having waves with similar direction, amplitude, and phase that are capable of exhibiting interference. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a system of units of measurement in which a small number of basic units are defined from which all others in the system are derived by multiplication or division only. (adjective)
  • Botany Sticking to but not fused with a part or an organ of the same kind. (adjective)
  • Capable of logical and consistent speech, thought, etc (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Logical; consistent and orderly (adjective)
  • Cohering or sticking together (adjective)
  • (of two or more waves) having the same phase or a fixed phase difference (adjective)
  • (of a system of units) consisting only of units the quotient or product of any two of which yield the unit of the resultant quantity (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "coherent" in a sentence
  • "Second, it's marketing's assignment to turn that tune or differentiating idea into what we call a coherent marketing direction."
  • "Your description is not coherent from a signal standpont."
  • "It is perfectly coherent from a pure domestic viewpoint."