surface tension

noun

Definition of surface tension

  1. :  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

First Known Use of surface tension

1876


SURFACE TENSION Defined for English Language Learners

surface tension

noun

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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surface tension

noun

Medical Definition of surface tension

  1. :  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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