- 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.
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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Capillarity — Cap il*lar i*ty, n. [Cf. F. capillarit[ e].] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or condition of being capillary. [1913 Webster] 2. (Physics) The peculiar action by which the surface of a liquid, where it is in contact with a solid (as in a capillary… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
capillarity — ► NOUN ▪ the tendency of a liquid in a narrow tube or pore to rise or fall as a result of surface tension … English terms dictionary
capillarity — [kap΄ə ler′i tē] n. [Fr capillarité < L capillaris: see CAPILLARY] 1. the state of being capillary 2. the property of exerting or having capillary attraction 3. CAPILLARY ATTRACTION … English World dictionary
capillarity — /kap euh lar i tee/, n. Also called capillary action, capillary attraction. Physics. a manifestation of surface tension by which the portion of the surface of a liquid coming in contact with a solid is elevated or depressed, depending on the… … Universalium
capillarity — kapiliarumas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. capillarity vok. Kapillarität, f rus. капиллярность, f pranc. capillarité, f … Fizikos terminų žodynas
capillarity — noun (plural ties) Date: 1830 1. the property or state of being capillary 2. the 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 depending on the relative attraction of … New Collegiate Dictionary
capillarity — The rise of liquids in narrow tubes or through the pores of a loose material, as a result of capillary action. * * * cap·il·lar·i·ty .kap ə lar ət ē n, pl ties the action by which the surface of a liquid where it is in contact with a solid (as in … Medical dictionary
capillarity — The action by which a fluid, such as water, is drawn up (or depressed) in small interstices or tubes as a result of surface tension … Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology
capillarity — capÂ·ilÂ·larÂ·iÂ·ty || â€škÃ¦pÉª lÃ¦rÉ™tÉª n. rising or falling of a liquid s surface level … English contemporary dictionary
capillarity — noun the tendency of a liquid in a narrow tube or pore to rise or fall as a result of surface tension … English new terms dictionary