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 for Capillary attraction
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attraction \At*trac"tion\, n. [L. attractio: cf. F. attraction.]
     1. (Physics) An invisible power in a body by which it draws
        anything to itself; the power in nature acting mutually
        between bodies or ultimate particles, tending to draw them
        together, or to produce their cohesion or combination, and
        conversely resisting separation.
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     Note: Attraction is exerted at both sensible and insensible
           distances, and is variously denominated according to
           its qualities or phenomena. Under attraction at
           sensible distances, there are, -- (1.)
  
     Attraction of gravitation, which acts at all distances
        throughout the universe, with a force proportional
        directly to the product of the masses of the bodies and
        inversely to the square of their distances apart. (2.)
  
     Magnetic, diamagnetic, and electrical attraction, each
        of which is limited in its sensible range and is polar in
        its action, a property dependent on the quality or
        condition of matter, and not on its quantity. Under
        attraction at insensible distances, there are, -- (1.)
  
     Adhesive attraction, attraction between surfaces of
        sensible extent, or by the medium of an intervening
        substance. (2.)
  
     Cohesive attraction, attraction between ultimate particles,
        whether like or unlike, and causing simply an aggregation
        or a union of those particles, as in the absorption of
        gases by charcoal, or of oxygen by spongy platinum, or the
        process of solidification or crystallization. The power in
        adhesive attraction is strictly the same as that of
        cohesion. (3.)
  
     Capillary attraction, attraction causing a liquid to rise,
        in capillary tubes or interstices, above its level
        outside, as in very small glass tubes, or a sponge, or any
        porous substance, when one end is inserted in the liquid.
        It is a special case of cohesive attraction. (4.)
  
     Chemical attraction, or
  
     affinity, that peculiar force which causes elementary
        atoms, or groups of atoms, to unite to form molecules.
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     2. The act or property of attracting; the effect of the power
        or operation of attraction. --Newton.
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     3. The power or act of alluring, drawing to, inviting, or
        engaging; an attractive quality; as, the attraction of
        beauty or eloquence.
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     4. That which attracts; an attractive object or feature.
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     Syn: Allurement; enticement; charm.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Capillary \Cap"il*la*ry\ (k[a^]p"[i^]l*l[asl]*r[y^] or
     k[.a]*p[i^]l"l[.a]*r[y^]; 277), a. [L. capillaris, fr.
     capillus hair. Cf. Capillaire.]
     1. Resembling a hair; fine; minute; very slender; having
        minute tubes or interspaces; having very small bore; as,
        the capillary vessels of animals and plants.
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     2. Pertaining to capillary tubes or vessels; as, capillary
        action.
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     Capillary attraction, Capillary repulsion, the apparent
        attraction or repulsion between a solid and liquid caused
        by capillarity. See Capillarity, and Attraction.
  
     Capillarity tubes. See the Note under Capillarity.
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