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capillary

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adjective cap·il·lary \ˈka-pə-ˌler-ē, -ˌle-rē, British usually kə-ˈpi-lə-rē\

Definition of capillary

  1. 1 a :  resembling a hair especially in slender elongated form <capillary leaves> b :  having a very small bore <a capillary tube>

  2. 2 :  involving, held by, or resulting from surface tension <capillary water in the soil>

  3. 3 :  of or relating to capillaries or capillarity



Origin of capillary

French or Latin; French capillaire, from Latin capillaris, from capillus hair


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with capillary

actuary, adversary, airy-fairy, ancillary, antiquary, apiary, arbitrary, aviary, axillary, bacillary, beriberi, bestiary, biliary, black raspberry, Bloody Mary, boysenberry, breviary, budgetary, calamari, calamary, candleberry, Canterbury, carpellary, cassowary, catenary, cautionary, cavitary, cemetery, centenary, certiorari, checkerberry, chinaberry, cometary, commentary, commissary, condottiere, coralberry, corollary, coronary, culinary, customary, dictionary, dietary, dignitary, dromedary, dysentery, elderberry, emissary, estuary, farkleberry, February, formulary, fragmentary, fritillary, functionary, funerary, honorary, huckleberry, intermarry, janissary, January, lamasery, lapidary, lectionary, legendary, legionary, lingonberry, literary, loganberry, luminary, mammillary, mandatary, maxillary, medullary, mercenary, miliary, military, millenary, milliary, millinery, missionary, momentary, monastery, mortuary, necessary, ordinary, ossuary, partridgeberry, pensionary, pigmentary, planetary, Pondicherry, prebendary, presbytery, pulmonary, quaternary, red mulberry, reliquary, rowanberry, salivary, salmonberry, salutary, sanctuary, sanguinary, sanitary, secondary, secretary, sedentary, seminary, silverberry, solitary, sour cherry, stationary, stationery, statuary, subcontrary, sublunary, sugarberry, sumptuary, syllabary, temporary, tertiary, thimbleberry, Tipperary, Tom and Jerry, topiary, tributary, tutelary, Typhoid Mary, unitary, urinary, vestiary, Virgin Mary, visionary, voluntary, vulnerary, Waterbury, whortleberry, winterberry


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capillary

noun cap·il·lary

Simple Definition of capillary

  • : one of the many very small tubes that carry blood within the body : the smallest kind of blood vessel

Full Definition of capillary

plural capillar·ies

  1. 1 :  a minute thin-walled vessel of the body; especially :  any of the smallest blood vessels connecting arterioles with venules and forming networks throughout the body

  2. 2 :  a tube (as of glass) having a very small bore

1667

First Known Use of capillary

1667


CAPILLARY Defined for Kids

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capillary

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adjective cap·il·lary \ˈka-pə-ˌler-ē\

Definition of capillary

  1. 1 :  having a long slender form and a small inner diameter <a capillary tube>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to capillary action or a capillary




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capillary

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noun cap·il·lary

Definition of capillary

plural cap·il·lar·ies

  1. :  one of the slender hairlike tubes that are the smallest blood vessels and connect arteries with veins





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