One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The tendency of a liquid in a capillary tube to rise as a result of surface forces.
- ‘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.’
- ‘In physics we had things called teat pipettes, and they have a bit of capillary attraction in them so that fluid flows vertically upwards, sucked magically to higher levels.’
- ‘The filler metal is distributed between the closely fitted surfaces of the joint by capillary attraction.’
- ‘Recent research confirms that the adhesive effects are due to van der Waals forces rather than capillary attraction or suction.’
- ‘The mechanism for joining by soldering involves three closely related factors: 1) wetting, 2) alloying, and 3) capillary attraction.’
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