capillary action


Definition of capillary action

: 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

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First Known Use of capillary action

1809, in the meaning defined above

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“Capillary action.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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Kids Definition of capillary action

: the action by which the surface of a liquid where it is in contact with a solid (as in a capillary tube) is raised or lowered


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