Capillary-wave definition

A wave at a fluid boundary dominated by surface tension (opposed to larger waves dominated by gravity), a ripple.
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Noun

Singular:
capillary-wave
Plural:
capillary-waves

Origin of capillary-wave

  • So named because the wave propagation is due to similar physical principles to those involved in capillary action.

    From Wiktionary