capillary action

The property of a liquid to move into small spaces if it has the ability to "wet" these surfaces

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  • Capillary action — Capillary action, capillarity, capillary motion, or wicking is the ability of a substance to draw another substance into it. The standard reference is to a tube in plants but can be seen readily with porous paper. It occurs when the adhesive… …   Wikipedia

  • capillary action — noun a phenomenon associated with surface tension and resulting in the elevation or depression of liquids in capillaries (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑capillarity • Derivationally related forms: ↑capillary (for: ↑capillarity) • …   Useful english dictionary

  • capillary action — kapiliarinis veikimas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. capillary action vok. Kapillarwirkung, f rus. капиллярное действие, n pranc. action capillaire, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • capillary action —    The movement of water in the interstices of a porous medium due to capillary forces [22].    Synonymous with capillarity, capillary water, and capillary migration …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • capillary action — ca.pillary action [ US ˌ.... ˈ..] n [U] technical the force that makes a liquid rise up a narrow tube …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • capillary action — noun a) The ability of a narrow interstice to draw a liquid due to surface tension upwards against the force of gravity. b) The siphoning of liquid into a joint or void between two adjacent surfaces …   Wiktionary

  • capillary action —   the upward movement of water through a channels in a substance. In geography, most commonly the upward movement of water through a soil. Caused by adhesion of the water to the channel surface and cohesion of water molecules to one another …   Geography glossary

  • capillary action — the transport of a fluid in a tube, caused by adhesion of the fluid to the tube wall …   Medical dictionary

  • capillary action — elevation of the surface of liquids due to surface tension and the forces of adhesion and cohesion …   English contemporary dictionary

  • capillary action — noun another term for capillarity …   English new terms dictionary

  • capillary action — UK / US noun [uncountable] physics the force that causes a liquid to move up a narrow tube …   English dictionary

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