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incoherent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj incoherent unable to express yourself clearly or fluently "felt tongue-tied with embarrassment","incoherent with grief"
    • adj incoherent (physics) of waves having no stable definite or stable phase relation
    • adj incoherent without logical or meaningful connection "a turgid incoherent presentation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Incoherent Exhibiting incoherent{2} speech or thought; -- of people; as, a confused and incoherent accident victim.
    • Incoherent Lacking harmony or congruity of parts.
    • Incoherent Lacking logical coherence or agreement; incongruous; inconsistent; having no dependence of one part on another; logically disconnected; rambling; -- of speech or discourse. "The same rambling, incoherent manner."
    • Incoherent Not coherent; wanting cohesion; loose; unconnected; physically disconnected; not fixed to each; -- said of material substances.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • incoherent Without physical coherence or cohesion; loose; unconnected; not coalescing or uniting.
    • incoherent Without coherence or agreement; not properly related or coördinated;incongruous; inconsistent; inconsecutive: chiefly used of immaterial things: as, incoherent thoughts.
    • incoherent In geology, noting textures consisting of loose sediments which have never been cemented.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Incoherent in-kō-hēr′ent not connected: loose: incongruous
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. in-, not + coherent,: cf. F. incohérent,

Usage

In literature:

She saw them, and with an incoherent exclamation, half self-pitying, half impatient, ran out to the stars above her garden.
"The Two Vanrevels" by Booth Tarkington
A tight fullness at his throat made incoherent the words he said to the Mexican boy.
"The Man of the Forest" by Zane Grey
He grew pale and murmured an incoherent denial.
"Under Two Flags" by Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
This proved to be a poem from an insane admirer, to judge by its incoherent style.
"Jo's Boys" by Louisa May Alcott
For a little while yet she spoke at intervals, but her speech was fragmentary and incoherent.
"Antonina" by Wilkie Collins
Mary looked at her and was again in a flood of tears, incoherently protesting, together with Ethel, that they would not change.
"The Daisy Chain" by Charlotte Yonge
He spoke incoherently, like a man.
"Who Cares?" by Cosmo Hamilton
But Ike seemed stupefied, and mumbled a few incoherent words.
"The Prospector" by Ralph Connor
Such, though stated more crudely, were my contentions when desire did not cloud my brain and make me incoherent.
"A Far Country, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Perchance the message falls upon indifferent ears or is too feeble and incoherent in itself to compel attention.
"The Gates of Chance" by Van Tassel Sutphen
Sybil, alarmed for her father, put to them some questions, to which they gave incoherent answers.
"Sybil or the Two Nations" by Benjamin Disraeli
They're stupid people, they talk such incoherent stuff.
"Mother" by Maksim Gorky
Wild and incoherent thoughts assailed me.
"The Master of the World" by Jules Verne
He growled incoherently at me.
"Combed Out" by Fritz August Voigt
And although this man had not given his name, she knew that he was The Spider of Pete's incoherent mutterings.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
He cursed profanely, incoherently.
"Square Deal Sanderson" by Charles Alden Seltzer
No need to expatiate on the incoherence of a poem formed of such elements.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
For a time he turned uneasily, muttered incoherent words, and moved his hands restlessly.
"The Young Franc Tireurs" by G. A. Henty
I made out the rest from his incoherences.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
He assured her in choked, incoherent phrases that all was well with him; but he spoke to deaf ears.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
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In poetry:

Who left you dazed, bewildered, on a day
That echoed wild huzzas, and roar of guns
That drowned the farewell words you tried to say
To incoherent ones;--
"The Silent Victors" by James Whitcomb Riley
Where sun-spray glittered on my limbs
I danced, and laughed, and trilled
My happy incoherent hymns,
Sped only by the whirling whims
With which my eager heart was filled.
"The Faun" by John Le Gay Brereton
I left him at the foot of
"The Soldiers' Monument,"
With incoherent mutterings--
As though 'twere his intent
To turn the sod, a rod or two,
And sleep beside the "boys in blue."
"On The Common" by Hattie Howard
And as he knelt, a few incoherent words escaped him,
And the thought of drowning himself he considered a great sin,
And the more he thought of it, he felt his flesh creep,
But in a few minutes he fell fast asleep.
"The Sprig of Moss" by William Topaz McGonagall
And we recall, with a gleaming stab of sadness,
Vaguely and incoherently, some dream
Of a world we came from, a world of sun-blue hills . . .
A black wood whispers around us, green eyes gleam;
Someone cries in the forest, and someone kills.
"The House Of Dust: Part 01: 05:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

The career of the 20th century's greatest American musician has been eclipsed by the wretched image of the final years of his life: an incoherent, drugged-up bully, reduced to embarrassing self-parody.
Syntactical inconsistency or incoherence within a sentence.
It was amusing, in a pathetic sort of way, the recent state audit that characterized the New London school board as "incoherent".
Does an increase in the use of Twitter lead to an increase in Americans babbling incoherently.
The Los Angeles Times has an editorial today that gently suggests that the pro-racial-preference amicus brief filed by the Obama administration in the Fisher v. University of Texas case is incoherent.
In keeping with tradition, the letter was rambling and incoherent.
In shock, he screamed incoherently at a woman who stopped her car to see if he was all right.
The American University student newspaper said Tuesday it would issue an apology for publishing a column that called date rape "an incoherent concept".
Writing in National Review, Daniel Vajdic of the American Enterprise Institute mounts a confused and almost incoherent attack on the Obama administration's Russia policy.
Striking in both its confidence and its incoherence, L.I.E.
The GOP's ideologically incoherent approach to the debt limit debate.
Toronto news reporter has episode of incoherence on-air.
The Incoherence of Antonin Scalia.
The Spectacular Incoherence of the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Mitt Romney's Vacuous Incoherence on Guns.
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In science:

With parameters for Fe-pnictides as above, does an OSMT occur, or does it not ? What is the origin of the observed incoherent metallic behavior? To answer these questions, we now turn to our results.
Normal State Correlated Electronic Structure of Iron Pnictides
The orbital-resolved self-energies (inset in Fig. 1) clearly reveal this aspect: large damping at EF destroys the FL quasiparticle, giving an incoherent, pseudogapped, bad metallic state.
Normal State Correlated Electronic Structure of Iron Pnictides
This incoherent state has also been found in previous LDA+DMFT works [12, 13], and, as discussed there, is in qualitative agreement with experimental observations.
Normal State Correlated Electronic Structure of Iron Pnictides
Our LDA+DMFT result gives an incoherent, non-FL state with small carrier density, as observed experimentally .
Normal State Correlated Electronic Structure of Iron Pnictides
Finally, our finding of a strongly incoherent “normal” state with drastically reduced charge carrier number (given the proximity to a Mott insulator in DMFT) is consistent with observations [1, 2, 4] indicating a non-FL metal with low carrier density SC.
Normal State Correlated Electronic Structure of Iron Pnictides
For some few stars, marginally significant frequencies were identified, but the data points yielded incoherent RV curves when folded into the corresponding phases.
A Spectroscopic Survey of WNL Stars in the LMC: General Properties and Binary Status
Studying tunneling process near and at exceptional point, we find two different regimes: coherent and incoherent.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
In turn with the incoherent regime the two-sheeted hyperbolic monopole is associated.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
Studying the tunneling process in the vicinity of exceptional point we found two distinct regimes: coherent and incoherent.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
Thus, if Ω · Ω > 0 we obtain coherent evolution of the quantum-mechanical system, and, if Ω · Ω < 0 we have incoherent one.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
Studying tunneling process near and at exceptional point we found two different regimes: coherent and incoherent.
Complex magnetic monopoles, geometric phases and quantum evolution in vicinity of diabolic and exceptional points
The energy levels of Fig. (1) are broadened by the finite lifetime and by the incoherent pumping mechanism.
Optical spectra of a quantum dot in a microcavity in the nonlinear regime
H the Hamiltonian dynamics already introduced in eqn (1), and with the incoherent contributions in the form of Lindblad terms LO, defined as LO ρ = 2OρO† − O†Oρ − ρO†O that corresponds to the general de-excitation operator O and its effective decaying rate χ.
Optical spectra of a quantum dot in a microcavity in the nonlinear regime
We have included two possible kinds of incoherent pumping, namely, the cavity pumping at rate P1 and the electronic pumping (via the exciton) at rate P2 .
Optical spectra of a quantum dot in a microcavity in the nonlinear regime
This represents a notable experimental advantage, as measurements with cw incoherent pumping are typically easier to perform than time-resolved spectroscopy.
Optical spectra of a quantum dot in a microcavity in the nonlinear regime
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