Definition of viscous in English:

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viscous

Pronunciation: /ˈvɪskəs/

adjective

Having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid; having a high viscosity: viscous lava
More example sentences
  • Our cars run on fuel, which, to some, is a thick viscous liquid that needs to be filled in the petrol tank periodically.
  • In some cases, they have been burnt by leaking mustard gas, which, despite its name, is a thick, viscous liquid.
  • If the lava is very viscous, and there is a great deal of gas present, pumice is formed.
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Derivatives

viscously

adverb
Example sentences
  • He suddenly convulsed as his stomach heaved a foul liquid up his throat, which gushed violently from his mouth and viscously trickled down the curtain of his hair.

viscousness

noun
Example sentences
  • Their disadvantages are toxicity, viscousness at low temperatures requiring more pump power, and a finite life.
  • It may be simple to say that viscosity is a unit which indicates the degree of ‘stickiness’ or viscousness of a substance.
  • But all varieties deteriorated in viscousness, hardness, and palatability, in addition, there were significant difference among varieties after six months of room temperature storage.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French viscous or late Latin viscosus, from Latin viscum 'birdlime'.

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  • Viscous comes via Anglo-Norman French from Latin viscum ‘birdlime’, the sticky substance used to trap birds.

Words that rhyme with viscous

discus, hibiscus, meniscus

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: vis|cous

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