EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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. Related forms non·cap·il·lar·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for capillarity Historical Examples of capillarity British Dictionary definitions for capillarity 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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Word Origin and History for capillarity n.
1806, from French
capillarité, from Latin capillaris (see capillary).
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capillarity [kăp′ə-lăr ′ĭ-tē] n. The interaction between contacting surfaces of a liquid and a solid that distorts the liquid surface from a planar shape.
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