capillarity

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From French capillarité.

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capillarity (plural capillarities)

  1. 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.
    • 1856 William Somerville Orr - Orr's Circle of the Sciences
      Hence the allowance to be made for diminution of the height of a mercurial column, owing to capillarity, is determined by two considerations — the diameter of the tube and versed sine of the corresponding meniscus.

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