# Definitions for viscousˈvɪs kəsvis·cous

### Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:4.0 / 1 vote

having a relatively high resistance to flow

2. gluey, glutinous, gummy, mucilaginous, pasty, sticky, viscid, viscousadjective

having the sticky properties of an adhesive

### WiktionaryRate this definition:3.0 / 1 vote

Having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid

Of or pertaining to viscosity

3. Etymology: First attested in 1605. From viscous and viscosus, from viscum.

### WikipediaRate this definition:0.0 / 0 votes

1. viscous

The viscosity of a fluid is a measure of its resistance to deformation at a given rate. For liquids, it corresponds to the informal concept of "thickness": for example, syrup has a higher viscosity than water.Viscosity quantifies the internal frictional force between adjacent layers of fluid that are in relative motion. For instance, when a viscous fluid is forced through a tube, it flows more quickly near the tube's axis than near its walls. Experiments show that some stress (such as a pressure difference between the two ends of the tube) is needed to sustain the flow. This is because a force is required to overcome the friction between the layers of the fluid which are in relative motion. For a tube with a constant rate of flow, the strength of the compensating force is proportional to the fluid's viscosity. In general, viscosity depends on a fluid's state, such as its temperature, pressure, and rate of deformation. However, the dependence on some of these properties is negligible in certain cases. For example, the viscosity of a Newtonian fluid does not vary significantly with the rate of deformation. Zero viscosity (no resistance to shear stress) is observed only at very low temperatures in superfluids; otherwise, the second law of thermodynamics requires all fluids to have positive viscosity. A fluid that has zero viscosity is called ideal or inviscid.

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1. viscous

Viscous refers to a substance or property characterized by a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid. It describes a high resistance to flow. The term is often used in the context of fluids, such as oil or syrup, but can also be applied to non-fluid substances.

### Webster DictionaryRate this definition:4.0 / 1 vote

adhesive or sticky, and having a ropy or glutinous consistency; viscid; glutinous; clammy; tenacious; as, a viscous juice

2. Etymology: [L. viscosus. See Viscid.]

### Chambers 20th Century DictionaryRate this definition:5.0 / 1 vote

1. Viscous

vis′kus, adj. sticky: tenacious—also Vis′cid.—ns. Viscid′ity, Vis′cousness; Viscos′ity, the property of being viscous: (phys.) that property of matter which is seen when the relative motion of parts of any body or substance decays on its being left to itself. [Low L. viscosus, sticky—L. viscum, bird-lime, mistletoe; cog. with Gr. ixos, mistletoe.]

### Editors ContributionRate this definition:0.0 / 0 votes

1. viscous

A specific known consistency.

Viscous is a consistency of a known type.

Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2015

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1. Viscous

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### EntomologyRate this definition:0.0 / 0 votes

1. Viscous

thick, sticky or semi-fluid.

### Numerology

1. Chaldean Numerology

The numerical value of viscous in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

2. Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of viscous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

### Examples of viscous in a Sentence

1. There are a hundred times more aromatic molecules in a wine made with noble rotted grapes, making their delicious juice extremely viscous and sweet.

2. No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.

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## Translations for viscous

### From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

• لزج
• viscós
• hustý, viskózní, vazký
• viskøs
• zähflüssig, viskos, dickflüssig
• ιξώδης
• viscoso
• viskoottinen
• visqueux
• viscoso
• श्यान
• vischioso, viscoso
• 粘性
• ပျစ်
• viskeus
• viscós
• lepki, kleisty
• ټينګ
• viscoso
• cleios, vâscos
• клейкий, густой, вязкий, липкий
• viskozno
• viskózen

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