capillarity :

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

  • Faulkner noticed that while the seedbed was dry, a heelprint in it looked moist; from this he developed his theory that the soil's capillarity (its ability to draw moisture from .
  • He has also used modern theories of statistics to describe metals and electro-capillarity.

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