capillary action


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n capillary action a phenomenon associated with surface tension and resulting in the elevation or depression of liquids in capillaries
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In literature:

The initial amalgamation, while not absolutely essential, helps in a measure this capillary action.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1" by Kempster Miller
The capillaries become clogged and vital action is diminished.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
A deep and absorptive subsoil returns water to the surface, by capillary action, as it is needed.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Capillary action increased by tobacco, iv.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
The peculiar action of the minute capillary vessels is considered, by some physiologists, as a motive power in the arterial circulation.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Of course you have to keep wetting it, for hair will not draw oil fast enough by capillary action.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
We have now described the principal forms of the theory of capillary action during its earlier development.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
The fused borax works its way in by capillary action, and the spelter follows.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
The oil is fed to the brush by the capillary action of the streamers.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
Capillary action is due to the forces of cohesion (20), and to the forces of adhesion (21.
"Friction, Lubrication and the Lubricants in Horology" by William T. Lewis
A correction due to capillary action, and depending on the size of the tube, must be applied to the readings.
"A Treatise on Meteorological Instruments" by Henry Negretti
There is no capillary or other action to spread the oil, so the impression remains distinct.
"Finger Prints" by Francis Galton
There are many common illustrations of capillary action: oil rising in a wick; water rising in a towel or through clothes; ink in a blotter, etc.
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower
To interest them, to keep their eyes and ears away from the low-water orgy of the reef, he explained to them the capillary action of the oil.
"The Pillar of Light" by Louis Tracy

In science:

Possible role of capillary action in pathogenesis of experimental catheter-associated dermal tunnel infections. J.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Both silica and polymer surfaces can be considered as hard surfaces, the polymer film for high molecular weights being mechanically inert under the action of the oscillating tip in the attractive regime.16 In the glove box, the p.p.m. of water is achieved so that capillary forces are negligible
Nonlinear dynamical properties of an oscillating tip-cantilever system in the tapping mode