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 reports that the behavior of water by capillary attraction is both predictable and useful in refining estimates about the duration of a water loss.
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.
Aizenberg, "Capillary Attraction: Like-Charged Particles at Liquid Interfaces," Nature 424, 1014 (2003).
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. Others imagine they are fixed in place, but they move naturally."