Definition of capillary attraction in English:

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capillary attraction

Entry from US English dictionary


The tendency of a liquid in a capillary tube to rise as a result of surface forces.
Example sentences
  • Recent research confirms that the adhesive effects are due to van der Waals forces rather than capillary attraction or suction.
  • The filler metal is distributed between the closely fitted surfaces of the joint by capillary attraction.
  • That is, he wanted to rule out other types of attraction such as capillary attraction of water to a surface or a strongly polar surface.

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Syllabification: cap·il·lar·y at·trac·tion

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