Wedgewood, Lewis E. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
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The material property that measures a fluid's resistance to flowing. For example, water flows from a tilted jar more quickly and easily than honey does. Honey is more viscous than water, so although gravity creates nearly the same stresses in honey and water, the more viscous fluid flows more slowly. See also: Gravitation; Water
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