Definition of cohesion in English:


Line breaks: co|he¦sion
Pronunciation: /kə(ʊ)ˈhiːʒ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1The action or fact of forming a united whole: the work at present lacks cohesion
    More example sentences
    • They lacked cohesion and, for the most part, played as 15 individuals rather than a single unit.
    • If the album does have a fault, it's that there is a lack of cohesion.
    • Indeed, the team looked flustered and their play at this stage lacked any cohesion.
    unity, togetherness, solidarity, bond, sticking together, continuity, coherence, connection, linkage, interrelatedness
  • 1.1 Physics The sticking together of particles of the same substance.
    More example sentences
    • Fine sand-sized particles are most rapidly moved, because silt and clay particles show more cohesion.
    • There is a limit to the degree of influence that the number of neutrons has over the cohesion of the nucleus.
    • A dense clay would be very cohesive, while beach sand has no cohesion whatsoever.


mid 17th century: from Latin cohaes- 'cleaved together', from the verb cohaerere (see cohere), on the pattern of adhesion.

More definitions of cohesion

Definition of cohesion in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
a slit made by cutting with a saw