capillary action

noun

: capillarity sense 2
The liquid returns to the evaporation section of the heat pipe along a wick by means of capillary action.Science News, 22 July 1989

Word History

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of capillary action was in 1809

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“Capillary action.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capillary%20action. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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