capillarity

[kap-uh-lar-i-tee]
noun
Also called capillary action, capillary attraction. Physics. a manifestation of surface tension by which the portion of the surface of a liquid coming in contact with a solid is elevated or depressed, depending on the adhesive or cohesive properties of the liquid.

Origin:
1820–30; capillary + -ty2

noncapillarity, noun
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capillarity (ˌkæpɪˈlærɪtɪ)
 
n
Also called: capillary action a phenomenon caused by surface tension and resulting in the distortion, elevation, or depression of the surface of a liquid in contact with a solid

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capillarity cap·il·lar·i·ty (kāp'ə-lār'ĭ-tē)
n.
The interaction between contacting surfaces of a liquid and a solid that distorts the liquid surface from a planar shape.

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Example sentences
They are enable to do so by the permeability of the cane in one direction, and
  by its capillarity.
In the unsaturated zone, density effects should be less significant due to the
  mitigating effects of capillarity.
Experimental and theoretical investigations of multiphase capillarity.
Small amounts of oil in the produced water can block pores because of
  capillarity effects.
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