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Definition of Capillarity

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rising or falling of a liquid's surface level
Capillarity Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The quality or condition of being capillary.
  
(n.)
The peculiar 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; capillary attraction.
  
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capillarity
\cap`il*lar"i*ty\ (?), n. [cf. f. capillarité.]
1. the quality or condition of being capillary.
2. (physics) the peculiar 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; capillary attraction.
note: capillarity depends upon the relative attaction of the modecules of the liquid for each other and for those of the solid, and is especially observable in capillary tubes, where it determines the ascent or descent of the liquid above or below the level of the liquid which the tube is dipped; -- hence the name.


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 electro-capillarity 
 capillarity tubes 
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a phenomenon associated with surface tension and resulting in the elevation or depression of liquids in capillaries
(synonym) capillary action
(hypernym) surface tension
Capillarity Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Soil Glossary - Mani
The process by which moisture moves in any direction through the fine pore spaces and as films around particles.
Agricultural Glossary/yigini2004
: The process by which moisture moves in any direction through the fine pore spaces and as films around particles.
Moxie International's Glossary of Concrete Terms
A wick-like action whereby a liquid will migrate vertically through material, in a upward direction; as oil in a lamp travels upward through the wick,
Capillarity Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Capillary action (sometimes capillarity, capillary motion, or wicking) is the ability of a liquid to flow in narrow spaces without the assistance of, and in opposition to, external forces like gravity. The effect can be seen in the drawing up of liquids between the hairs of a paint-brush, in a thin tube, in porous materials such as paper, in some non-porous materials such as liquified carbon fiber, or in a cell. It occurs because of intermolecular forces between the liquid and solid surrounding surfaces. If the diameter of the tube is sufficiently small, then the combination of surface tension (which is caused by cohesion within the liquid) and adhesive forces between the liquid and container act to lift the liquid.In short the capillary action is due to the pressure of cohesion and adhesion which makes the water go against the gravity.

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Capillarity Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
(1) The property of tubes or earth-like particles with hair-like openings which, when immersed in fluid, raise (or depress) the fluid in the tubes above (or below) the surface of the fluid in which they are immersed. (2) The interaction between contacting surfaces of a liquid and a solid that distorts the liquid surface from a planar shape. Also referred to as Capillary Action or Capillary Attraction.