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cohesion Syllabification: co·he·sion
Pronunciation: /kōˈhēZHən/

Definition of cohesion in English:


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, coherence;
connection, linkage
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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