viscous

adjective
vis·​cous | \ ˈvi-skəs \

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

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Other Words from viscous

viscously adverb
viscousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for viscous

Synonyms

ropy (also ropey), syrupy, thick, viscid

Antonyms

runny, soupy, thin, watery

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Examples of viscous in a Sentence

viscous syrup that takes forever to pour from a narrow-neck bottle

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The paint forms various viscous filaments, which are thrown against a vertical canvas. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 Counterfeit cold medicines are often made out of a nasty concoction known as diethylene glycol (DEG), which is a clear, colorless, odorless, viscous liquid with a sweet taste. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Simple Musical Instrument Can Detect Poison," 13 Sep. 2018 If the board and shareholders accept Husky’s bid, the combined companies would have a large set of oil production, pipelines and refineries in western Canada’s oil sands, a region where viscous oil is abundant but expensive to produce. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Husky Makes Unsolicited Bid to Fellow Canadian Oil Firm MEG," 30 Sep. 2018 This also lowers the number of flare-ups on the grill because mayo is less viscous than oil. David Kaplan, Fox News, "This simple mayonnaise-based grilling hack will change your summer cookouts," 4 July 2018 One day in late May 2016, Roger Stone — the political dark sorcerer and longtime confidant of Donald Trump — slipped into his Jaguar and headed out to meet a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a viscous Russian accent. Manuel Roig-franzia And Rosalind S. Helderman, chicagotribune.com, "Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign," 17 June 2018 The Dawn spacecraft identified an unusual peak called Ahuna Mons that some have suggested is a cryovolcano, erupting viscous water ice. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Ice volcanoes have likely been erupting for billions of years on Ceres," 18 Sep. 2018 Oxygen-Depleted Blood This darker, viscous blood is made for smearing (á la the shower curtain in Psycho). Gabriella Vigoreaux, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Fake Blood for Halloween," 31 July 2018 At Lassen, where the magma is usually very viscous — kind of like a crystalline mush — new magma began lifting up toward the surface in 1914, rejuvenating the stagnant magma beneath the volcano, said USGS volcano scientist Mike Clynne. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "A California volcano once obliterated a forest and propelled ash 280 miles. Experts say it offers a warning," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of viscous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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viscous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of viscous

of a liquid : thick or sticky : not flowing easily

viscous

adjective
vis·​cous | \ ˈvis-kəs \

Medical Definition of viscous

1 : having a glutinous consistency and the quality of sticking or adhering : viscid
2 : having or characterized by viscosity a viscous flow

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