Definition of cohesion in English:


Syllabification: co·he·sion
Pronunciation: /kōˈhēZHən


  • 1The action or fact of forming a united whole: the work at present lacks cohesion
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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