water dropper

water dropper

[′wȯd·ər ‚dräp·ər]
(electricity)
A simple electrostatic generator in which each of two series of water drops falls through cylindrical metal cans into lower cans with funnels, and the cans are electrically connected in such a way that charge accumulates on them, energy being supplied by the gravitational force on the water drops.
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Mr Young revealed that the object was a water dropper.
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And her craft, though it has evolved into something sparer and more abstract, is recognizable as the same careful wordsmithing that produced Labrador: "Her skin, too, had the slightest green tint to it, not unlike the Qingbai porcelain water dropper that had traveled with us the length of the Silk Road, only to end its days in the top drawer of the bachelor chest among the marbles." I think this book suffers on a single read, and that it might need to be reread to make sense of its slowly revolving scenes, the sense that the same thing is happening over and over but it can't be described or set in memory.
She arrived bearing a water dropper and some words of advice: Have your magnifying glass ready "or you may miss it."
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Shinobu's other small celadon works include two bowls with undulating edges and one teardrop-shaped suiteki water dropper. Yagi Akira (b 1955) is represented by two bluish-white glazed (seihakuji) porcelain bottles with tiny necks that flare slightly at their mouths.
The water dropper was almost empty and the food bowl turned over.
However, in this case the shape's not quite right and I think what we're dealing with here is actually an item for the scholar's table called a water dropper.
The ink comes in the form of a stick which has to be rubbed on an inkstone, then carefully diluted to the required consistency with drops of water - which is where the water dropper comes in.
One cabinet was entirely devoted to water droppers, a necessary item in China, Korea and Japan, countries which have a tradition of writing with a brush, using ink ground by hand, through rubbing a stick of ink on an inkstone while adding the appropriate amount of water from the water dropper.
These were used as water droppers on scholars' tables where water was added to an ink stone on which ink sticks were ground to produce the ink for Chinese calligraphy.