Definitions of capillary

  1. relating to or involving capillarity; " capillary action"; " capillary attraction"
  2. a tube of small internal diameter; holds liquid by capillary action
  3. long and slender with a very small internal diameter; " a capillary tube"
  4. ( anatomy) " a capillary network"
  5. Resembling a hair; fine; minute; very slender; having minute tubes or interspaces; having very small bore; as, the capillary vessels of animals and plants.
  6. Pertaining to capillary tubes or vessels; as, capillary action.
  7. A tube or vessel, extremely fine or minute.
  8. A minute, thin- walled vessel; particularly one of the smallest blood vessels connecting arteries and veins, but used also for the smallest lymphatic and biliary vessels.
  9. A tube with a small bore; one of the minute blood- vessels connecting the arteries with the veins.
  10. Resembling a hair; slender; pertaining to a minute tube, or to capillarity.
  11. As fine or minute as a hair: having a very small bore, as a tube.
  12. A tube with a hair- like bore.
  13. Like or relating to such a tube, or to hair.
  14. Of, pertaining to, or like hair; slender; having a hair like bore, as a tube.
  15. A minute vessel, as those connecting the arteries and veins; any tube with a fine bore.
  16. Resembling a hair in Lore; pertaining to capillary vessels. Capillary attraction or repulsion, the cause which determines the ascent or the descent of a fluid in capillary vessels.
  17. A tube with a hair- like bore; a minute blood- vessel.
  18. Resembling hair; tubes or canals, extremely fine and minute, through which moisture ascends spontaneously, are called capillary tubes; capillary attraction, the power that porous bodies have of drawing up or sucking in moisture.
  19. Minute; hair- like.
  20. One of the minute thin- walled vessels which form networks in various parts of the body, e. g. blood, lymph, or biliary capillaries.

Usage examples for capillary

  1. Capillary attraction is a natural phenomenon. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  2. That the faradic current stimulates the vasomotor centres little, if at all, does not influence the coats of vessels, except such as are close to the skin, but tonicizes these latter more effectually than the galvanic current; that it stimulates the peripheral nerves to some extent, though far inferior in this respect to the galvanic current; but that when employed of sufficient intensity it superadds to those mentioned a strictly mechanical action, which consists in forcing static blood from the capillary into the general circulation through the medium of muscular contractions. – The Electric Bath by George M. Schweig
  3. There is a comparatively strong attraction between soil and water, which enables the moisture to cling as a thin capillary film around the soil particles, against the force of gravity. – Dry-Farming by John A. Widtsoe
  4. In febrile conditions the pores and capillary blood vessels of the skin are tense and contracted. – Nature Cure by Henry Lindlahr
  5. 3. A network of capillary and lymph vessels. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  6. Care must be taken, however, to distract the patient's mind from the local condition after a time, or mental influence, by interfering with the capillary circulation, may inveterate the symptoms. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  7. The central tube is a capillary. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  8. Universal systemic capillary anastomosis. – Surgical Anatomy by Joseph Maclise
  9. The solution in each pipette should be drawn up to the mark on the capillary tube. – Steam, Its Generation and Use by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
  10. Experiments upon the extent and connection of the net- work of capillary fissures that admitted water into the interior of the glaciers, occupied Agassiz's own attention during a great part of the summer. – Louis Agassiz: His Life and Correspondence by Louis Agassiz
  11. 78.- Capillary Blood- Vessels in the Web of a Frog's Foot, as seen with the Microscope. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  12. I commend to your special care my piano, and also the large frame containing sixty locks of hair whose different colours run through the whole gamut of capillary shades; the scissors of love have stolen them from the forehead of the Graces." – Bohemians of the Latin Quarter by Henry Murger
  13. The sponge becomes saturated with water because of the capillary action of the carborundum upon the water. – Chlorination of Water by Joseph Race
  14. If the tail, after pulling off the fan part, be placed in a tumbler of water, and the head be allowed to hang over the outside, the water will be sucked up the tail by capillary attraction, and will continue to run out through the head until the water in the glass has sunk so low that the tail ceases to dip into it. – The Chemical History Of A Candle by Michael Faraday
  15. As explained in the last chapter, water which is held as a film around the soil particles is called capillary water; and it is in the capillary form that water may be stored in dry- farm soils. – Dry-Farming by John A. Widtsoe