capillarity
noun (plural -ties) Date: 1830 1. the property or state of being capillary 2. the action by which the surface of a liquid where it is in contact with a solid (as in a capillary tube) is elevated or depressed depending on the relative attraction of the molecules of the liquid for each other and for those of the solid

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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

  • capillarity — ► NOUN ▪ the tendency of a liquid in a narrow tube or pore to rise or fall as a result of surface tension …   English terms dictionary

  • capillarity — [kap΄ə ler′i tē] n. [Fr capillarité < L capillaris: see CAPILLARY] 1. the state of being capillary 2. the property of exerting or having capillary attraction 3. CAPILLARY ATTRACTION …   English World dictionary

  • capillarity — /kap euh lar i tee/, n. Also called capillary action, capillary attraction. Physics. a manifestation of surface tension by which the portion of the surface of a liquid coming in contact with a solid is elevated or depressed, depending on the… …   Universalium

  • capillarity — noun The interaction between the surfaces of a solid and liquid in contact that distorts the normal geometry of the liquid surface; especially the rise or fall of a liquid in a fine tube. Hence the allowance to be made for diminution of the… …   Wiktionary

  • capillarity — kapiliarumas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. capillarity vok. Kapillarität, f rus. капиллярность, f pranc. capillarité, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • capillarity — The rise of liquids in narrow tubes or through the pores of a loose material, as a result of capillary action. * * * cap·il·lar·i·ty .kap ə lar ət ē n, pl ties the action by which the surface of a liquid where it is in contact with a solid (as in …   Medical dictionary

  • 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 — cap·il·lar·i·ty || ‚kæpɪ lærÉ™tɪ n. rising or falling of a liquid s surface level …   English contemporary dictionary

  • capillarity — noun the tendency of a liquid in a narrow tube or pore to rise or fall as a result of surface tension …   English new terms dictionary

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