Meaning of COHERENT in English

— coherently , adv.

/koh hear"euhnt, -her"-/ , adj.

1. logically connected; consistent: a coherent argument.

2. cohering; sticking together: a coherent mass of sticky candies.

3. having a natural or due agreement of parts; harmonious: a coherent design.

4. Physics , Optics. of or pertaining to waves that maintain a fixed phase relationship, as in coherent light. Cf. laser .

[ 1570-80; coherent-, var. of L cohaerent- (s. of cohaerens ), prp. of cohaerere. See COHERE, -ENT ]

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