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Co*her"ent (?), a. [L. cohaerens, p. pr. See Cohere.] 1. Sticking together; cleaving; as the parts of bodies; solid or fluid. Arbuthnot.
2. Composed of mutually dependent parts; making a logical whole; consistent; as, a coherent plan, argument, or discourse.
3. Logically consistent; -- applied to persons; as, a coherent thinker. Watts.
4. Suitable or suited; adapted; accordant. [Obs.]
Instruct my daughter how she shall persever, Shak.
That time and place, with this deceit so lawful,
May prove coherent.
5. (Physics, Optics) Of or pertaining to electromagnetic waves that have a constant phase relationship with each other; having identical phase at all points; as, the coherent light produced by a laser.