[ kap-uh-lar-i-tee ]

  1. 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

First recorded in 1820–30; capillary + -ty2

Other words from capillarity

  • non·cap·il·lar·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for capillarity


/ (ˌkæpɪˈlærɪtɪ) /

  1. 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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