Share this entry

Share this page

cavitation

Syllabification: cav·i·ta·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkavəˈtāSHən
 
/

Definition of cavitation in English:

noun

Physics
1The formation of an empty space within a solid object or body.
Example sentences
  • One would expect elevated tritium levels only when deuterons are present and when sound waves produce cavitation, and that's what the Oak Ridge-RPI-RAS group found.
  • The role of branch junctions as a feature which enhances segmentation could also depend on the vulnerability to cavitation within the junction, but the present authors are unaware of any studies that have investigated this directly.
  • As a result of cavitation and embolism formation, stem hydraulic conductivity is reduced, which may be critical for a plant under drought stress.
1.1The formation of bubbles in a liquid, typically by the movement of a propeller through it.
Example sentences
  • The formation of such a bubble is called cavitation.
  • In liquid, these high-frequency waves cause the formation of microscopic bubbles, or cavitation.
  • Cavitation manifests itself in at least two modes; stable cavitation (slow, periodic oscillations of gas bubbles) and transient cavitation.

Definition of cavitation in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure