Definitions for meniscusmɪˈnɪs kəs; -ˈnɪs aɪ, -ˈnɪs kaɪ, -ki

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. meniscus, semilunar cartilage(noun)

    (anatomy) a disk of cartilage that serves as a cushion between the ends of bones that meet at a joint

  2. meniscus(noun)

    (optics) a lens that is concave on one side and convex on the other

  3. meniscus(noun)

    (physics) the curved upper surface of a nonturbulent liquid in a vertical tube

Wiktionary

  1. meniscus(Noun)

    A crescent moon, or an object shaped like it.

  2. meniscus(Noun)

    A lens which is convex on one side and concave on the other, being crescent-shaped in cross-section.

  3. meniscus(Noun)

    The curved surface of liquids in tubes, whether concave or convex, caused by the surface tension of the liquid.

  4. meniscus(Noun)

    Either of two parts of the human knee that provide structural integrity to the knee when it undergoes tension and torsion.

  5. Origin: From μηνίσκος, from μήνη

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meniscus(noun)

    a crescent

  2. Meniscus(noun)

    a lens convex on one side and concave on the other

  3. Meniscus(noun)

    an interarticular synovial cartilage or membrane; esp., one of the intervertebral synovial disks in some parts of the vertebral column of birds

  4. Origin: [NL., from Gr. mhni`skos, dim. of mh`nh the moon.]

Freebase

  1. Meniscus

    The meniscus is the curve in the upper surface of a liquid close to the surface of the container or another object, caused by surface tension. It can be either convex or concave. A convex meniscus occurs when the molecules have a stronger attraction to each other than to the material of the container. This may be seen between mercury and glass in barometers and thermometers. Conversely, a concave meniscus occurs when the molecules of the liquid attract those of the container's, causing the surface of the liquid to cave downwards. This can be seen in a glass of water. Capillary action acts on concave menisci to pull the liquid up, increasing favorable contact area between liquid and container, and on convex menisci to pull the liquid down, reducing the amount of contact area. This phenomenon is important in transpirational pull in plants. Honey, water, milk etc. have a lower meniscus. When a tube of a narrow bore, often called a capillary tube, is dipped into a liquid and the liquid wets the tube, the liquid surface inside the tube forms a concave meniscus, which is a virtually spherical surface having the same radius, r, as the inside of the tube. The tube experiences a downward force of magnitude 2πrdσ.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Meniscus

    mē-nis′kus, n. a crescent or a new moon: a lens hollow on one side and bulging on the other.—adjs. Menis′cal; Menis′cate; Menis′ciform; Menis′coid. [Gr. mēnē, the moon, -iskos, small.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of meniscus in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of meniscus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    When you speak with a Scientist about the glass being half-full and half-empty, she/he says that it's a SWAG (Scientific Wild Assumption Guess) based on only visual observation but not substantiated by any experimental data; and therefore it must be inaccurate. She/he will suggests that you (a) mark the glass at the bottom of the meniscus of the content, (b) pour the content into a bigger glass, (c) fill the empty glass with fresh content up to the mark, (d) add the original content back in, (e) note whether or not the combined content overflows the lip of the glass, (f) conclude that either the glass was more than half full if it overflows, or it was more than half-empty if it doesn't reach the top, (g) conclude that it was either half-full or half-empty only if it neither overflows nor fails to reach the top. Just a word of caution: Don't be surprised if the scientist, doesn't matter she or he, after all that "discussion" asks you "Now, what was your question again?

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    When you speak with a Scientist about the glass being half-full and half-empty, she/he says that it's a SWAG (Scientific Wild Assumption Guess) based on only visual observation but not substantiated by any experimental data; and therefore it must be inaccurate. She/he will suggest that you do the following: (a) mark the glass at the bottom of the meniscus of the content, (b) pour the content into a bigger glass, (c) fill the empty glass with fresh content up to the mark, (d) add the original content back in, (e) note whether or not the combined content overflows the lip of the glass, (f) conclude that either the glass was more than half full if it overflows, or it was more than half-empty if it doesn't reach the top, (g) conclude that it was either half-full or half-empty only if it neither overflows nor fails to reach the top. Just a word of caution: Don't be surprised if the scientist, doesn't matter she or he, after all that "scientific discussion" asks you: "Now, what was your question again?

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