angle of contact

physics
: the angle between the meniscus and the containing walls of a column of liquid measured from the vertical wall below the surface of the liquid to the position of the tangent to the meniscus at its point of contact with the wall

Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of angle of contact was in 1805

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“Angle of contact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/angle%20of%20contact. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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