Definition of cohesion in English:

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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.
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.

Words that rhyme with cohesion

adhesion, Friesian, lesion

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Line breaks: co|he¦sion

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