- Surface tension is a property of liquids where the exposed surface shrinks to the smallest possible area because of unequal forces near the surface.
An example of surface tension is a property of water in a bowl.
The property of the water in this bowl is an example of surface tension.
a property of liquids in which the exposed surface tends to contract to the smallest possible area because of unequal molecular cohesive forces near the surface: measured by the force per unit of length
- A property of liquids arising from unbalanced molecular cohesive forces at or near the surface, as a result of which the surface tends to contract and has properties resembling those of a stretched elastic membrane.
- A measure of this property.
(countable and uncountable, plural surface tensions)