capillary action

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a phenomenon associated with surface tension and resulting in the elevation or depression of liquids in capillaries


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This study examined water absorption via capillary attraction on common building materials by measuring changes in moisture content and dimension over a month (34 days) period.
The moisture and dimensional measurements quantified the precise location of increasing moisture content and the corresponding change in width following moisture absorption from the base upwards to the top of the sample via capillary attraction.
Weitz, "Electric-Field-Induced Capillary Attraction between Like-Charged Particles at Liquid Interfaces," Nature 420, 299 (2002).
The doctrinal heart of Campbell's teaching lay in his near-mystical faith in the power of capillary attraction.
It is held in place by the eyelids and capillary attraction.