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Definitions of TORRICELLIAN EXPERIMENT
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A glass tube sealed at one end is filled with mercury and is then everted with the open end beneath the surface of mercury in an open vessel; the mercury in the tube will be observed to sink to a certain point, about 30 inches above the level of the mercury in the vessel, being kept at this elevation by the pressure of the atmosphere; this experiment revealed the principle of the mercurial barometer.
By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop
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