van der Waals' forces
or van der Waals forces
plural noun Physical Chemistry.
weak, nonspecific forces between molecules.
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Origin of van der Waals' forces
First recorded in 1925–30; see origin at van der Waals' equation
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British Dictionary definitions for van der waals forces
van der Waals forces
weak electrostatic forces between atoms and molecules caused by transient distortions in the distribution of electrons in the interacting atoms or molecules
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