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SURFACE TENSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does surface tension mean? 

SURFACE TENSION (noun)
  The noun SURFACE TENSION has 1 sense:

1. a phenomenon at the surface of a liquid caused by intermolecular forces

  Familiarity information: SURFACE TENSION used as a noun is very rare.


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SURFACE TENSION (noun)


Sense 1surface tension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A phenomenon at the surface of a liquid caused by intermolecular forces

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("surface tension" is a kind of...):

physical phenomenon (a natural phenomenon involving the physics of matter and energy)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "surface tension"):

capillarity; capillary action (a phenomenon associated with surface tension and resulting in the elevation or depression of liquids in capillaries)

interfacial surface tension; interfacial tension (surface tension at the surface separating two non-miscible liquids)


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