Definition of cohesion
1 : the act or state of sticking together tightly; especially : unity the lack of cohesion in the Party — The Times Literary Supplement (London) cohesion among soldiers in a unit
2 : union between similar plant parts or organs
3 : molecular attraction by which the particles of a body are united throughout the mass
cohesionlessplay \kō-ˈhē-zhən-ləs\ adjective
Examples of cohesion in a Sentence
There was a lack of cohesion in the rebel army.
Recent Examples of cohesion from the Web
The contemporary drawings showed less cohesion (consisting of separate rather than related objects) and included less detail than those done by students when the study was initially conducted 20 years ago.
Guards are easier to replace than tackles but o-line cohesion is no small thing.
Richard Ferrand has also stood down as minister for territorial cohesion to lead the group of lawmakers elected under the banner of Macron’s party at the National Assembly.
An awkward narrative framing device and frequent shifts between time periods further disrupt plot cohesion as Knudsen’s script attempts to backfill the history of rivalry among the trio.
This and a handful of the neighboring homes were constructed by the same master craftsman (Lawrence Reese), so there's a cohesion to the homes that makes this part of Darlington exceptional and unique.
The steady stream of Executive Orders, the ongoing promise of sweeping budget cuts to many parts of government and the ongoing lack of cohesion in Congress are creating anxiety for many safety-net programs that rely on federal funding.
At least from a sonic perspective, the time away hardly seemed to affect the band's cohesion.
Thanks to the guidance of Juan Carlos Osorio–the methodical Colombian manager with an eye for tactical detail and team cohesion–
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Did You Know?
Cohesion is one of the noun forms of cohere; the others are cohesiveness and coherence, each of which has a slightly different meaning. Coherence is often used to describe a person's speech or writing. An incoherent talk or blog post is one that doesn't "hang together;" and if the police pick up someone who they describe as incoherent, it means he or she isn't making sense. But to describe a group or team that always sticks together, you would use cohesive, not coherent. And the words you'd use in Chemistry class to describe the way molecules hang together—for example, the way water forms into beads and drops—are cohesion, cohesive, and cohesiveness.
COHESION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cohesion for English Language Learners
: a condition in which people or things are closely united
COHESION Defined for Kids
Definition of cohesion for Students
1 : the action of sticking together
2 : the force of attraction between the molecules in a mass
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