- 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.
Origin of capillarity
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Examples from the Web for capillarity
A rain drop's roundness is due to the action of capillarity.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out
Fred T. Hodgson
Sufficient moisture for germination is derived from capillarity.The Khedive's Country
George Manville Fenn
In its full extension the subject of capillarity is very wide.
The most important of these is the capillarity of the cell surfaces.
Its place is taken by water brought from below by capillarity.The First Book of Farming
Charles L. Goodrich
- a phenomenon caused by surface tension and resulting in the distortion, elevation, or depression of the surface of a liquid in contact with a solidAlso called: capillary action
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Word Origin and History for capillarity
1806, from French capillarité, from Latin capillaris (see capillary).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The interaction between contacting surfaces of a liquid and a solid that distorts the liquid surface from a planar shape.
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