• WordNet 3.6
    • v suction empty or clean (a body cavity) by the force of suction "suction the uterus in an abortion"
    • v suction remove or draw away by the force of suction "the doctors had to suction the water from the patient's lungs"
    • n suction the act of sucking
    • n suction a force over an area produced by a pressure difference
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Suction The act or process of sucking; the act of drawing, as fluids, by exhausting the air.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n suction The process or condition of sucking; the removal of air or gas from any interior space producing a diminution of pressure which induces an inrush of gas or liquid to restore the equilibrium. If the process is maintained, a continuous current is produced. See suction-pump and pump. Also used attributively.
    • n suction The downward strain in a plow due to the depression given the share point in order to secure penetration. In a walking plow the suction is measured by the distance between the landside and a straight-edge touching the point of the share and the heel of the landside. Also suck.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Suction suk′shun act or power of sucking: act of drawing, as fluids, by exhausting the air
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  • E. K. Piper
    E. K. Piper
    “Keep out of the suction caused by those who drift backwards.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sugere, suctum, to suck; cf. OF. suction,. See Suck (v. t.)


In literature:

It was a task too great for the ordinary type of 20 or 22-inch suction dredge, even with the strength of 1,000 horses behind it.
"The Industrial Canal and Inner Harbor of New Orleans" by Thomas Ewing Dabney
Use a suction cleaner or have rugs which can be cleaned out of doors.
"Health Lessons" by Alvin Davison
Paul had all he could do to cling fast to the trunk, for the suction of the channel waters under his stomach and legs was awful!
"Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
This suction-pipe had been brought here only the day before.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
C, Suction and discharge valves.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
The suction pipe is 76 ft. long and will dredge in 53 ft. of water.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
You'll have to hurry or you'll get caught in the suction.
"The Battleship Boys' First Step Upward" by Frank Gee Patchin
Then the engulfment, the suction, seemed to slacken.
"A Veldt Official" by Bertram Mitford
Persian brass conical cupping cup with a small hole at the tip for mouth suction.
"Bloodletting Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology" by Audrey Davis
Before long Atkinson came up again, and announced that everything was ready, holes stopped and suction length in place.
"Careers of Danger and Daring" by Cleveland Moffett

In poetry:

When Cuba's weeds have quite forgot
The power of suction to resist,
And claret-bottles harbor not
Such dimples as would hold your fist,--
"Latter-Day Warnings" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
In ambuscades of light,
Drawing the charmed multitudes
With the slow suction of her breath - Dangling her naked soul
Behind the blinding gold of eunuch lights
That wind about her like a bodyguard.
"Broadway" by Lola Ridge

In news:

Suction occurs when there is a difference in air pressure.
There are three 350-mm suction lines.
To prevent vortex formation, tank liquid level must be 6.2 ft above the lip of the suction pipe: 200/(304.8) + 6.2 = 6.9 ft from tank bottom.
Environmental groups sue Forest Service over suction -dredge gold mining.
New device uses suction & fat injections to increase bust size.
Vacuum Suction Cups for Hot-Forming Applications.
The suction cups, of a silicone-free material, resist temperatures to 480 F.
The IHC Merwede shipyard in Kinderdijk, the Netherlands, has celebrated a royal occasion: the naming by Queen Beatrix of the Boskalis trailing suction hopper dredge Willem Van Oranje.
Sucker-Footed Bat Hangs Upright Via Sweat, Not Suction .
Suction Cup Suspensions, Fittings, Brackets For Vacuum Systems.
State rejects tribe's bid to halt suction dredging.
Powerplus looks to increase suction power.
Loading of suction cup s during the handling or motion (chassis of service robots) cycle is highly variable.
See the baby's reaction to the suction power of the vacuum below.
Koozoo's suction-cup camera mount attaches an old smartphone to your window so you can livestream the world outside.

In science:

The correction depends on a balance between overionisation which depopulates the lower levels (the photoionisation crosssection of the ground state is exceptionally large) and a cascade of electrons downward (phenomenon of ”photon suction ”).
NLTE determination of the aluminium abundance in a homogeneous sample of extremely metal-poor stars
Flexible gripper development This article mainly focuses on a three finger gripper with suction cups as a possible solution for a flexible gripper design.
CAGD - Computer Aided Gripper Design for a Flexible Gripping System
The result will be a constellation of gripping areas to grip all the analysed workpieces via a suction gripper (shown in Fig. 1). If it is possible, the result will be one constellation. Also, gripping constellation of a special pattern can be found.
CAGD - Computer Aided Gripper Design for a Flexible Gripping System
Thermal stratification effects on laminar boundary-layer flow over a wedge with suction or injection”, by S.P.
Comments on six papers published by S.P. Anjali Devi and R. Kandasamy
In the above paper an analysis has been carried out to obtain results in a steady laminar boundary layer flow along a wedge with suction or injection at the wedge surface. The wedge temperature is constant whereas the free stream temperature increases along the wedge (thermal stratification).
Comments on six papers published by S.P. Anjali Devi and R. Kandasamy