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van der Waals' forces

or van der Waals forces

plural noun, Physical Chemistry.
weak, nonspecific forces between molecules.
Origin of van der Waals' forces
First recorded in 1925-30; See origin at van der Waals' equation Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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van der Waals forces

plural noun
weak electrostatic forces between atoms and molecules caused by transient distortions in the distribution of electrons in the interacting atoms or molecules
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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