Atterberg limit

noun
At·​ter·​berg limit | \ˈa-tər-ˌbərg-, ˈä-tər-ˌber-ē-\

Definition of Atterberg limit 

civil engineering

: a measure of a soil sample's capacity for containing water used to determine the soil's structural characteristics usually plural … direct soil sampling provides the best information in terms of soil type and Atterberg limits (a series of thresholds observed when the water content of a soil is steadily changed) …— Roger Surdahl et al., Public Roads, May–June 2009

Note: The Atterberg limits indicate the transition points where a soil’s physical behavior changes. The limits most commonly studied are the Plastic Limit, which identifies how much water a given soil can hold before it changes consistency between crumbly and plastic, and the Liquid Limit, where the soil changes consistency between plastic and liquid.

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First Known Use of Atterberg limit

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Atterberg limit

after Albert Atterberg †1916 Swedish chemist

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