Definition of surface tension noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


surface tension

BrE BrE//ˌsɜːfɪs ˈtenʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɜːrfɪs ˈtenʃn//
[uncountable] (specialist)
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the property (= characteristic) of liquids by which they form a layer at their surface, and which makes sure that this surface covers as small an area as possible
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: surface tension