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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
cap•il•lar•y /ˈkæpəˌlɛri/USA pronunciation n., pl. -ies,adj. 

n. [countable]
  • Anatomyone of the tiny, hairlike blood vessels between the arteries and the veins.

  • adj. [before a noun]
  • Physicsof or relating to the attraction or the pushing away between a liquid and a solid:Capillary action causes oil to rise in the wick of a lantern.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    capillary /kəˈpɪlərɪ/ adj
    1. resembling a hair; slender
    2. (of tubes) having a fine bore
    3. of or relating to any of the delicate thin-walled blood vessels that form an interconnecting network between the arterioles and the venules
    4. of or relating to capillarity
    n ( pl -laries)
    1. any of the capillary blood vessels
    2. a fine hole or narrow passage in any substance
    Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin capillāris, from capillus hair




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