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cohesion

Noun

1 the state of cohering or sticking together [syn: coherence, coherency, cohesiveness] [ant: incoherence]
2 (botany) the process in some plants of parts growing together that are usually separate (such as petals)
3 (physics) the intermolecular force that holds together the molecules in a solid or liquid

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Pronunciation

Noun

  1. the state of cohering, or of sticking together
  2. , the various intermolecular forces that hold solids and liquids together
  3. the growing together of normally distinct parts of a plant
  4. the degree to which different modules in a computing system are functionally dependent on others

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Translations

the state of cohering, or of sticking together
the various intermolecular forces that hold solids and liquids together
the growing together of normally distinct parts of a plant
the degree to which different modules in a computing system are functionally dependent on others

Extensive Definition

Cohesion may mean:
  • Cohesion (chemistry): the intermolecular attraction between like-molecules.
  • Cohesion (computer science): a measure of how well the lines of source code within a module work together to provide a specific piece of functionality. In object-oriented programming, the degree to which a method implements a single function. Methods that implement a single function are described as having high cohesion.
  • Cohesion (geology): the part of shear strength that is independent of the normal effective stress in mass movements.
  • Cohesion (linguistics): the linguistic elements that make a discourse semantically coherent.
  • Cohesion (military): the bonding together of members of an organization/unit in such a way as to sustain their will and commitment to each other, their unit, and the mission (Cohesion the Human Element in Combat, William Henderson, 1985).
  • Cohesion (structural): the sociological and graph theoretical conception and measurement for maximal group or graphical boundaries where related elements cannot be disconnected except by removal of a certain minimal number of other nodes
  • Cohesion (band): a musical group from Manchester, England.
  • Cohesion (social policy): the bonds or "glue" between members of a community or society.

See also

cohesion in German: Kohäsion
cohesion in French: Cohésion
cohesion in Russian: Когезия
cohesion in Simple English: Cohesion
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