Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition or property of being viscous.
  • noun Physics Coefficient of viscosity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun In physics, internal friction, a resistance to tire motion of the molecules of a fluid body among themselves: opposed to mobility.
  • noun A glutinous or viscous body.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being viscous.
  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The state of being viscous.
  • noun countable (physics) A quantity expressing the magnitude of internal friction in a fluid, as measured by the force per unit area resisting uniform flow.
  • noun uncountable (psychology) A tendency to prolong interpersonal encounters.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun resistance of a liquid to shear forces (and hence to flow)

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The better ones are brown, like a red wine in viscosity, slightly sweet, very tart, with a long aftertaste.

    Meathead Goldwyn: Balsamic Vinegar: Magnificence and Deception

  • Synlube is far too light in viscosity, and no longer in production.

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  • The better ones are brown, like a red wine in viscosity, slightly sweet, very tart, with a long aftertaste.

    Meathead Goldwyn: Balsamic Vinegar: Magnificence and Deception

  • So, if you heat honey, the viscosity is less than that of cold honey.

    What’s the Matter?

  • Newton said that viscosity is a function of temperature.

    What’s the Matter?

  • 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.

    Brown sugar

  • - Customer fuel economy benefit: Fewer parasitic losses due to reduced fluid viscosity translates to less internal drag on the system and increases fuel economy.

    Autoblog Green

  • - Customer fuel economy benefit: Fewer parasitic losses due to reduced fluid viscosity translates to less internal drag on the system and increases fuel economy.

    Autoblog Green

  • Customer fuel economy benefit: Fewer parasitic losses due to reduced fluid viscosity translates to less internal drag on the system and increases fuel economy.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • - Customer fuel economy benefit: Fewer parasitic losses due to reduced fluid viscosity translates to less internal drag on the system and increases fuel economy.

    Autoblog Green

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  • Viscosity Wikipedia Article

    December 24, 2008

  • ex. -"You can't hurt steel, Baby," is the vernacular of my viscosity.

    May 21, 2009