coffee ring


: coffee cake in the shape of a ring

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The coffee ring effect occurs when a single liquid evaporates and the solids that had been dissolved in the liquid, like coffee grounds, form a telltale ring. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2020 The shape of the droplets is also a factor in the coffee ring effect. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 12 Aug. 2020 The top is scarred with coffee rings, the penny jar never full., 16 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coffee ring was in 1924

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Cite this Entry

“Coffee ring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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