American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition or property of being viscous.
- n. Physics Coefficient of viscosity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or property of being viscous; the quality of flowing slowly, as pitch or castor-oil. Such liquids are commonly sticky, but this is no part of the viscosity.
- n. In physics, internal friction, a resistance to tire motion of the molecules of a fluid body among themselves: opposed to mobility. Thus, the viscosity of such liquids as pitch and syrup is very great as compared with that of a mobile liquid like alcohol. A slow continuous change of the shape of solids or semisolids under the action of gravity or external force is also, by extension of the name, called
viscosity: as, the viscosity of ice. Viscosity is proportional to the relative velocity of strata at a unit distance. The viscosity of gases and vapors is due to the molecules shooting from one stratum to another carrying their vis viva with them. The viscosity of liquids arises from an entirely different cause, namely, from the mutual attractions of the molecules, and is diminished by the effect of the wandering of the molecules. Consequently, the viscosity of gases increases while that of liquids diminishes as the temperature is raised.
- n. A glutinous or viscous body.
- n. uncountable The state of being viscous.
- n. countable (physics) A quantity expressing the magnitude of internal friction in a fluid, as measured by the force per unit area resisting uniform flow.
- n. uncountable (psychology) A tendency to prolong interpersonal encounters.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being viscous.
- n. (Physics) A property possessed by a viscous fluid, being a resistance to the forces causing a fluid to flow, caused by interactions between the molecules of the fluid and between the fluid and the walls of the conduit through which it moves; also, a measure of such a property.
- n. resistance of a liquid to shear forces (and hence to flow)
“The better ones are brown, like a red wine in viscosity, slightly sweet, very tart, with a long aftertaste.”
“Synlube is far too light in viscosity, and no longer in production.”
“So, if you heat honey, the viscosity is less than that of cold honey.”
“Newton said that viscosity is a function of temperature.”
“A molasses-like liquid, although not as viscous as the real thing, can be made by slowly boiling 6-8 or so piloncillos in a liter or so of water, until they dissolve and the desired viscosity is achieved.”
“- Customer fuel economy benefit: Fewer parasitic losses due to reduced fluid viscosity translates to less internal drag on the system and increases fuel economy.”
“Customer fuel economy benefit: Fewer parasitic losses due to reduced fluid viscosity translates to less internal drag on the system and increases fuel economy.”
“As you practice, it gives you feedback on your progress, not only telling you how fast you're going, and how accurately you type, but it even looks at your "viscosity" - the amount of time you spend hesitating between characters as you type.”
“An alternative way to approach this closure problem would be to run your code with variations in viscosity models and parameter values and pick the set that gave you outputs that were in good agreement with high-entropy functionals (like an average solution state, there’s many ways to get the same answer, and nothing to choose between them) for a particular set of flows, this would be a sort of inverse modeling approach.”
“Similarly, the liquid’s viscosity is important: Pure water droplets aren’t strong enough to hold together and would break apart, and liquids that are too thick will move too slowly.”
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