Definition of viscous
1 : having a thick or sticky consistency : viscid viscous secretions viscous corn syrup
2 technical : having or characterized by a high resistance to flow viscous lava
Examples of viscous in a Sentence
viscous syrup that takes forever to pour from a narrow-neck bottle
Recent Examples of viscous from the Web
Twenty years earlier, General Billy Mitchell had used an airplane to sink a battleship, but changing the trajectory of military thinking, and hence procurement, often requires changing a service’s viscous culture.
All hail the flour tortilla and the curiously viscous queso dip.
A chef poured a viscous yellow sauce into small plastic cups.
Less viscous options will saturate a cloth easily, making them good for applications over moldings.
To minimize its viscous texture, look for pods that are small and firm, avoiding okra that is overly ripe or large.
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Even that viscous wine (said to be fermented in a spittoon) went down more easily than this sudden insight into the way things are.
The viscous, rich texture will be a great complement to the creamy nature of the dish, while also wrapping around the vegetal and meat components.
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Origin and Etymology of viscous
Middle English viscouse, from Anglo-French viscos, from Late Latin viscosus full of birdlime, viscous, from Latin viscum mistletoe, birdlime; akin to Old High German wīhsila cherry, Greek ixos mistletoe
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of viscous for English Language Learners
of a liquid : thick or sticky : not flowing easily
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