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 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • capillary attraction — n. a force that is the resultant of adhesion, cohesion, and surface tension in liquids which are in contact with solids, as in a capillary tube: when the cohesive force is greater, the surface of the liquid tends to rise in the tube, as with… …   Universalium

  • capillary attraction — n. a force that is the resultant of adhesion, cohesion, and surface tension in liquids which are in contact with solids, as in a capillary tube: when the cohesive force is greater, the surface of the liquid tends to rise in the tube, as with… …   English World dictionary

  • capillary attraction — n the force of adhesion between a solid and a liquid in capillarity * * * the force that attracts the particles of a fluid into and along the caliber of a very narrow tube …   Medical dictionary

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  • capillary attraction — also capillary ac.tion noun (U) technical the force that makes a liquid rise up a narrow tube …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • capillary attraction — noun Date: 1813 the force of adhesion between a solid and a liquid in capillarity …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • 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

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