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koʊˈhɪər ənt, -ˈhɛr-co·her·ent

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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.

    Etymology: [L. cohaerens, p. pr. See Cohere.]


  1. coherent(Adjective)

    Sticking together

    Etymology: From cohaerens, from co- + haereo.

  2. coherent(Adjective)

    Orderly, logical and consistent.

    Etymology: From cohaerens, from co- + haereo.

  3. coherent(Adjective)

    Aesthetically ordered

    Etymology: From cohaerens, from co- + haereo.

  4. coherent(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From cohaerens, from co- + haereo.

  5. coherent(Adjective)

    Attaching or pressing against an organ of the same nature.

    Etymology: From cohaerens, from co- + haereo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coherent(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. cohaerens, p. pr. See Cohere.]

  2. Coherent(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. cohaerens, p. pr. See Cohere.]

  3. Coherent(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. cohaerens, p. pr. See Cohere.]

  4. Coherent(adj)

    suitable or suited; adapted; accordant

    Etymology: [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.

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

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  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

Examples of coherent in a Sentence

  1. Prashant Agarwal:

    Humans by nature are always bound to set goals for them which eventually fulfill their needs and desires. It is the force that drives them to achieve more. But moving in the right direction to achieve is usually uncommon because most of the people wish to achieve more in less time and rush to reach the success, thus just work in a cluttered way. To work in the form of a 'Process' is a factor that is not taken into consideration often. The process is something that you need yourself to mold into, to move forward in a coherent manner. Because Process leads you to your goal step by step.

  2. Hussein Abaza:

    We have a lot of challenges but also opportunities, there is a great deal of policy initiative but it is not always coherent and in many cases, it is incomplete. If green growth is to have a chance, we must work to address that.

  3. Kim Mulkey:

    This is not the same injury, she’s moving, she’s coherent, she’s talking, i said now we’ve got to go play ball. We’ve got to keep doing what we’ve done. You ca n’t start worrying about DiDi. DiDi will be back out here. Sure enough, she was back on the bench before the game was over.

  4. Ed Royce:

    A diplomatic solution is only possible with a strong, coherent, moderate opposition that can serve as a bridge from Assad to a new post-conflict government.Yet the administration has done little to help the opposition.Its feeble train-and-equip program is now defunct.

  5. Niels Annen:

    Trump‘s campaign gives America’s friends a feeling of uncertainty. At least he seems to have realized that as a candidate for the White House he would have to have a coherent foreign policy concept.

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