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.
- non·cap·il·lar·i·ty, noun
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How to use capillarity in a sentence
The reaction is one of great chemical interest, being one of that class of reactions which is greatly affected by capillarity.On Laboratory Arts | Richard Threlfall
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
The same circumstance is presented in the theory of electricity and in that of capillarity.
In a lamp, a small portion of oil is raised in the wick by capillarity, which being heated, boils and burns.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure
This results in active capillarity which brings water to the surface and it is lost by evaporation.The First Book of Farming | Charles L. Goodrich
British Dictionary definitions for capillarity
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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