American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The interaction between contacting surfaces of a liquid and a solid that distorts the liquid surface from a planar shape. Also called capillary action.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or condition of being capillary; capillary attraction.
- n. The interaction between the surfaces of a solid and liquid in contact that distorts the normal geometry of the liquid surface; especially the rise or fall of a liquid in a fine tube.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or condition of being capillary.
- n. (Physics) The peculiar action by which the surface of a liquid, where it is in contact with a solid (as in a capillary tube), is elevated or depressed; capillary attraction.
- n. a phenomenon associated with surface tension and resulting in the elevation or depression of liquids in capillaries
“The word capillarity is of Latin derivation, and signifies hair-like slenderness.”
“As already explained on page 10, a process called capillarity enables moisture to rise in the soil as plants need it.”
“Between them there lies a thin film of water, drawn in by the attraction known as capillarity, which sucks the fluid into a sponge or between plates of glass placed near together.”
“Even a completely dead tree with no needles left could draw some water up into itself by an even more passive process called capillarity, the tendency of water to “crawl” into tiny spaces.”
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“He applied these and other insights to an equally impressive range of empirical and theoretical research in observational astronomy, celestial mechanics, surveying, geodesy, capillarity, geomagnetism, electromagnetism, mechanism optics, and actuarial science.”
“Whewell brought the point home by identifying competing theories of capillarity, due to Poisson and Laplace, that were equally able to reproduce the phenomena but which were based on incompatible atomic force laws, as Gardner (1979, 20) has pointed out.”
“It is necessary rather to know the composition of the substances in question — the geological strata, the atmospheric actions, the quality of the soil, the minerals, the waters, the density of the different bodies, their capillarity, and what not.”
“Water has the effect of introducing mechanical forces due to phenomena of capillarity.”
“MOLASSES: A product of the sugar industry, this improves compressive strength and reduces capillarity, A quatity of 5% is suitable for sandy and silty soils.”
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