Capillarity tubes
Capillary Cap"il*la*ry (k[a^]p"[i^]l*l[asl]*r[y^] or k[.a]*p[i^]l"l[.a]*r[y^]; 277), a. [L. capillaris, fr. capillus hair. Cf. {Capillaire}.] 1. Resembling a hair; fine; minute; very slender; having minute tubes or interspaces; having very small bore; as, the capillary vessels of animals and plants. [1913 Webster]

2. Pertaining to capillary tubes or vessels; as, capillary action. [1913 Webster]

{Capillary attraction}, {Capillary repulsion}, the apparent attraction or repulsion between a solid and liquid caused by capillarity. See {Capillarity}, and {Attraction}.

{Capillarity tubes}. See the {Note} under {Capillarity}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Capillarity — Cap il*lar i*ty, n. [Cf. F. capillarit[ e].] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or condition of being capillary. [1913 Webster] 2. (Physics) The peculiar action by which the surface of a liquid, where it is in contact with a solid (as in a capillary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • capillarity —    The action by which a fluid, such as water, is drawn up (or depressed) in small interstices or tubes as a result of surface tension …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • capillarity — n. a phenomenon at liquid boundaries resulting in the rise or depression of liquids in narrow tubes. Also called capillary action. Etymology: F capillariteacute (as CAPILLARY) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Capillary — Cap il*la*ry (k[a^]p [i^]l*l[asl]*r[y^] or k[.a]*p[i^]l l[.a]*r[y^]; 277), a. [L. capillaris, fr. capillus hair. Cf. {Capillaire}.] 1. Resembling a hair; fine; minute; very slender; having minute tubes or interspaces; having very small bore; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Capillary attraction — Capillary Cap il*la*ry (k[a^]p [i^]l*l[asl]*r[y^] or k[.a]*p[i^]l l[.a]*r[y^]; 277), a. [L. capillaris, fr. capillus hair. Cf. {Capillaire}.] 1. Resembling a hair; fine; minute; very slender; having minute tubes or interspaces; having very small… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Capillary repulsion — Capillary Cap il*la*ry (k[a^]p [i^]l*l[asl]*r[y^] or k[.a]*p[i^]l l[.a]*r[y^]; 277), a. [L. capillaris, fr. capillus hair. Cf. {Capillaire}.] 1. Resembling a hair; fine; minute; very slender; having minute tubes or interspaces; having very small… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • fluid mechanics — an applied science dealing with the basic principles of gaseous and liquid matter. Cf. fluid dynamics. [1940 45] * * * Study of the effects of forces and energy on liquids and gases. One branch of the field, hydrostatics, deals with fluids at… …   Universalium

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