AskDefine | Define cohesive

Dictionary Definition

cohesive adj
1 causing cohesion; "a cohesive agent"
2 cohering or tending to cohere; well integrated; "a cohesive organization"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /ˈkəʊ.hɪi.sɪv/ /"k@U.hi:.sIv/


  1. Having cohesion.

Derived terms

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

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

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