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Language must cohere—it cannot be left loosely to float or to fly away.
Walt Whitman  --  An American Primer  -- 03/26/08)
  stick or hold together
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  • Language must cohere—it cannot be left loosely to float or to fly away.
    Walt Whitman  --  An American Primer  -- 03/26/08)
  • It coheres to itself.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • On this interpretation these lines cohere.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • At the base of the mainmast, full beneath the doubloon and the flame, the Parsee was kneeling in Ahab’s front, but with his head bowed away from him; while near by, from the arched and overhanging rigging, where they had just been engaged securing a spar, a number of the seamen, arrested by the glare, now cohered together, and hung pendulous, like a knot of numbed wasps from a drooping, orchard twig.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • She heard the feet cross the diningroom, then the swing door opened and Luster entered, followed by a bigman who appeared to have been shaped of some substance whose particles wouldnot or did not cohere to one another or to the frame which supported it.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • That dream of beautiful Paris was not likely to cohere into substance in the presence of this misfortune.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • All other music was silent, for this was ritually the moment of the Despised and Rejected; the God could not issue from his temple until the unclean Sweepers played their tune, they were the spot of filth without which the spirit cannot cohere.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • If nothing lets to make us happy both But this my masculine usurp’d attire, Do not embrace me till each circumstance Of place, time, fortune, do cohere, and jump That I am Viola: which to confirm, I’ll bring you to a captain in this town, Where lie my maiden weeds; by whose gentle help I was preserv’d to serve this noble count; All the occurrence of my fortune since Hath been between this lady and this lord.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • As the lively and sparkling emotions of her early married live cohered into an equable serenity, the finer movements of her nature found scope in discovering to the narrow-lived ones around her the secret (as she had once learnt it) of making limited opportunities endurable; which she deemed to consist in the cunning enlargement, by a species of microscopic treatment, of those minute forms of satisfaction that offer themselves to everybody not in positive pain; which, thus handled,…
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • I could not make them cohere; nor feel myself in touch with them.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past

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  • Men are no longer bound together by ideas, but by interests; and it would seem as if human opinions were reduced to a sort of intellectual dust, scattered on every side, unable to collect, unable to cohere.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • By and by it finds how to join two things and see in them one nature; then three, then three thousand; and so, tyrannized over by its own unifying instinct, it goes on tying things together, diminishing anomalies, discovering roots running under ground whereby contrary and remote things cohere and flower out from one stem.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • But since in the life of the mind all things cohere and one idea emanates from another, since one cannot give the Devil an inch but that he takes a mile, and you along with it—and since, on the other hand, a sound principle can give rise only to sound results, no matter with which sound principle one may begin—for all such reasons, then, imprint this on your minds: illness is very far from being something so elegant, so venerable that it may not be associated with stupidity, even in…
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Ever the mutable, Ever materials, changing, crumbling, re-cohering, Ever the ateliers, the factories divine, Issuing eidolons.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Do you think matter has cohered together from its diffuse float, and the soil is on the surface, and water runs and vegetation sprouts, For you only, and not for him and her?
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • For it the nebula cohered to an orb, The long slow strata piled to rest it on, Vast vegetables gave it sustenance, Monstrous sauroids transported it in their mouths and deposited it with care.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Nay, nor the world, nor any living thing, will so cohere.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • That the exquisite scheme is for it, and the nebulous float is for it, and the cohering is for it!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • At length, however, the last vestiges of the struggle are effaced; the remains of aristocracy completely disappear; the great events by which its fall was attended are forgotten; peace succeeds to war, and the sway of order is restored in the new realm; desires are again adapted to the means by which they may be fulfilled; the wants, the opinions, and the feelings of men cohere once more; the level of the community is permanently determined, and democratic society established.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The myth of heaven indicates the soul, The soul is always beautiful, it appears more or it appears less, it comes or it lags behind, It comes from its embower’d garden and looks pleasantly on itself and encloses the world, Perfect and clean the genitals previously jetting,and perfect and clean the womb cohering, The head well-grown proportion’d and plumb, and the bowels and joints proportion’d and plumb.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • The sushi rice grains cohere
  • Religion can cohere social groups
  • the principles by which societies cohere
  • Do the Ten Commandments Cohere to U.S. Law? 03/26/08)
  • (Were you looking to be held together by lawyers?
    Or by an agreement on a paper? or by arms?
    Nay, nor the world, nor any living thing, will so cohere.)
    Walt Whitman  --  The poem, "Over the Carnage Rose Prophetic a Voice" in the book, "Leaves of Grass"
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Associated words [difficulty]:   cohere [9] , coherent [1] , cohesive [7]
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