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capillary water

Water, above the water table, held there by capillary action.
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The claim to the islands by Argentina has never held water and they know it.
The city skyline is known for these tanks, which have held water for both domestic and fire purposes for over a century.
Harper said she waited a week before announcing plans to challenge because she wanted to investigate the problems to ``see if they held water.