What does coherent mean?

Definitions for coherentkoʊˈhɪər ənt, -ˈhɛr-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coherent, consistent, logical, ordered(adj)

    marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts

    "a coherent argument"

  2. coherent, logical, lucid(adj)

    capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner

    "a lucid thinker"; "she was more coherent than she had been just after the accident"

  3. coherent(adj)

    (physics) of waves having a constant phase relation

  4. coherent, tenacious(adj)

    sticking together

    "two coherent sheets"; "tenacious burrs"


  1. Coherent(a.)

    (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.

  2. Origin: [L. cohaerens, p. pr. See Cohere.]


  1. coherent(Adjective)

    Sticking together

  2. coherent(Adjective)

    Orderly, logical and consistent.

  3. coherent(Adjective)

    Aesthetically ordered

  4. coherent(Adjective)

    Of waves having the same direction, wavelength and phase, as light in a laser.

  5. coherent(Adjective)

    Attaching or pressing against an organ of the same nature.

  6. Origin: From cohaerens, from co- + haereo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coherent(adj)

    sticking together; cleaving; as the parts of bodies; solid or fluid

  2. Coherent(adj)

    composed of mutually dependent parts; making a logical whole; consistent; as, a coherent plan, argument, or discourse

  3. Coherent(adj)

    logically consistent; -- applied to persons; as, a coherent thinker

  4. Coherent(adj)

    suitable or suited; adapted; accordant

  5. Origin: [L. cohaerens, p. pr. See Cohere.]


  1. Coherent

    The Coherent operating system was a Version 7 Unix clone by the now-defunct Mark Williams Company, originally produced for the PDP-11 in 1980. A port was introduced in 1983 as the first Unix-like system for IBM PC compatible computers. Coherent was able to run on most Intel-based PCs with Intel 8088, 286, 386, and 486 processors. Coherent version 3 for Intel-based PCs required at least a 286, Coherent version 4 for Intel-based PCs required at least a 386. Like a true Unix, Coherent was able to multitask and support multiple users. From version 4 on Coherent also had support for X11 and MGR windowing systems. Later versions of Coherent supported features common in modern Unix-like systems, including a version of MicroEMACS, access to DOS FAT16 File systems, an optimizing C compiler with linker, and a modified version of Taylor UUCP. The final releases of Coherent also fully supported the iBCS COFF binary standard, which allowed binary compatibily with SCO Unix applications, including WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3, and several Microsoft applications including QuickBASIC, Microsoft Word, and MultiPlan. There was no support for virtual memory or demand paging. Coherent predates both MINIX and Linux by many years.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'coherent' in Adjectives Frequency: #974


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coherent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coherent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross:

    Fortunately, he's awake. He was coherent. He's OK.

  2. Robert Lewis Dear:

    I’m just letting you know I am sane, I am coherent... I have a college degree.

  3. Fred Hoyle:

    There is a coherent plan in the universe, though I don't know what it's a plan for.

  4. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny:

    In 2016, the people will have a clear choice: between stable and coherent government; or chaos and instability.

  5. Herbert Spencer:

    Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.

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