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capillary action

[′kap·ə‚ler·ē ′ak·shən]
(fluid mechanics)

capillary action, capillarity

1.The movement of a liquid in the interstices of soil or other porous material, as a result of surface tension.
2. The phenomenon responsible for dry soil sucking up moisture above the ground water level. Also see capillary flow.
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Based on the flow visualization experiment, the quasi-equilibrium capillary effect is limited, i.
The capillary effects of rural capitalism between 1560 and 1620 further exacerbated the growth of massive rural poverty.

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