field capacity

The maximum amount of water that a soil or rock can hold, as by capillary action, before the water is drawn away by gravity.

Nearby words

  1. field artillery,
  2. field battery,
  3. field bed,
  4. field block,
  5. field boot,
  6. field captain,
  7. field centre,
  8. field chickweed,
  9. field coil,
  10. field corn

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