Capillarity



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 adhesive or cohesive properties of the liquid.
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Creditors; Pariah August Strindberg
The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out Fred T. Hodgson
The First Book of Farming Charles L. Goodrich
The Khedive’s Country George Manville Fenn
Friction, Lubrication and the Lubricants in Horology William T. Lewis
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3 Various
Ontario Teachers’ Manuals: Nature Study Ontario Ministry of Education
Scientific American Supplement, No. 458, October 11, 1884 Various
The Economic Aspect of Geology C. K. Leith
Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting Northern Nut Growers Association

noun
a phenomenon caused by surface tension and resulting in the distortion, elevation, or depression of the surface of a liquid in contact with a solid Also called capillary action
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