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suction

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noun suc·tion \ˈsək-shən\

Simple Definition of suction

  • : the act or process of removing the air, water, etc., from a space in order to pull something into that space or in order to cause something to stick to a surface; also : the force with which the air, water, etc., in a space is removed

Full Definition of suction

  1. 1 :  the act or process of sucking

  2. 2a :  the act or process of exerting a force upon a solid, liquid, or gaseous body by reason of reduced air pressure over part of its surfaceb :  force so exerted

  3. 3 :  a device (as a pipe or fitting) used in a machine that operates by suction

suc·tion·al play \-shə-nəl, -shnəl\ adjective

Examples of suction

  1. The vacuum cleaner picks up dirt by suction.

  2. The octopus grasps things using suction.

  3. a vacuum cleaner with enough suction to pick up the heaviest particles of dirt



Origin of suction

Late Latin suction-, suctio, from Latin sugere to suck — more at suck


First Known Use: 1626

Rhymes with suction


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suction

transitive verb suc·tion

Simple Definition of suction

  • : to remove (something) by pulling it with the force of moving water, air, etc. : to remove (something) by using suction

Full Definition of suction

  1. :  to remove (as from a body cavity or passage) by suction

Examples of suction

  1. The surgeon will suction blood out of the area.



1954

First Known Use of suction

1954


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