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van der Waals' forces

noun, Physical Chemistry
1.
weak, nonspecific forces between molecules.
Also, van der Waals forces.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; see van der Waals' equation
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van der Waals forces

plural noun
1.
weak electrostatic forces between atoms and molecules caused by transient distortions in the distribution of electrons in the interacting atoms or molecules
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