Definition of surface tension
: the attractive force exerted upon the surface molecules of a liquid by the molecules beneath that tends to draw the surface molecules into the bulk of the liquid and makes the liquid assume the shape having the least surface area
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SURFACE TENSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of surface tension for English Language Learners
: the force that causes the molecules on the surface of a liquid to be pushed together and form a layer
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