surface tension

/ˈsɜfəs tɛnʃən/ (say 'serfuhs tenshuhn)

a property of liquid or solid matter due to unbalanced molecular forces near a surface, and the measure thereof; an apparent tension in an actually non-existent surface film associated with capillary phenomena, cohesion, and adhesion.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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