viscous

  • 1 Viscous — Vis cous, a. [L. viscosus. See {Viscid}.] Adhesive or sticky, and having a ropy or glutinous consistency; viscid; glutinous; clammy; tenacious; as, a viscous juice. {Vis cous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] Note: There is no well defined distinction in… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 viscous — (adj.) late 14c., from Anglo Fr. viscous, from L.L. viscosus sticky, from L. viscum anything sticky, birdlime made from mistletoe, mistletoe, probably from PIE root *weis to melt away, flow (used of foul or malodorous fluids); see VIRUS (Cf.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 viscous — index coherent (joined) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 viscous — [adj] sticky, gummy adhesive, clammy, gelatinous, gluey*, glutinous, gooey*, mucilaginous, ropy, slimy, stiff, syrupy, tenacious, thick, tough, viscid; concept 606 Ant. unsticky, watery …

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  • 5 viscous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid; having a high viscosity. ORIGIN Latin viscosus, from viscum birdlime …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 viscous — [vis′kəs] adj. [ME viscouse < LL viscosus < L viscum, birdlime made from mistletoe berries, mistletoe, prob. < IE base * weis : see VIRUS] 1. having a cohesive and sticky fluid consistency; viscid 2. Physics having viscosity viscously… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 viscous — adjective Etymology: Middle English viscouse, from Anglo French viscos, from Late Latin viscosus full of birdlime, viscous, from Latin viscum mistletoe, birdlime; akin to Old High German wīhsila cherry, Greek ixos mistletoe Date: 14th century 1.… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8 viscous — vis|cous [ˈvıskəs] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Late Latin; Origin: viscosus, from Latin viscum mistletoe, sticky substance used for catching birds ] technical a viscous liquid is thick and sticky and does not flow easily ▪ As the liquid cools, it… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 viscous — [[t]vɪ̱skəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED A viscous liquid is thick and sticky. ...dark, viscous blood …

    English dictionary

  • 10 viscous — Sticky; marked by high viscosity. [see viscid, viscosity] * * * vis·cous vis kəs adj 1) having a glutinous consistency and the quality of sticking or adhering: VISCID 2) having or characterized by viscosity <a viscous flow> * * * vis·cous… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 11 viscous — adj. Viscous is used with these nouns: ↑liquid, ↑substance …

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  • 12 viscous — vis|cous [ vıskəs ] adjective TECHNICAL a viscous liquid is thick and sticky …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 viscous — [ vɪskəs] adjective having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid; having a high viscosity. Derivatives viscously adverb viscousness noun Origin ME: from Anglo Norman Fr. viscous or late L. viscosus, from L. viscum birdlime …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 14 viscous — adjective technical a viscous liquid is thick and sticky and does not flow easily viscosity noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 viscous — UK [ˈvɪskəs] / US adjective a viscous liquid is thick and sticky …

    English dictionary

  • 16 viscous — [ˈvɪskəs] adj technical a viscous liquid is thick and sticky viscosity [vɪsˈkɒsəti] noun [U] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17 viscous — adj. 1 glutinous, sticky. 2 semifluid. 3 Physics having a high viscosity; not flowing freely. Derivatives: viscously adv. viscousness n. Etymology: ME f. AF viscous or LL viscosus (as VISCID) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 18 viscous — slimy …

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 19 viscous — viscously, adv. viscousness, n. /vis keuhs/, adj. 1. of a glutinous nature or consistency; sticky; thick; adhesive. 2. having the property of viscosity. Also, viscose. [1350 1400; ME < LL viscosus, equiv. to L visc(um) mistletoe, birdlime (made… …

    Universalium

  • 20 viscous — adjective /ˈvɪs.kəs/ a) Having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid b) Of or pertaining to viscosity Syn: syrupy, viscid, viscose See Als …

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