Meaning of CAVITATION in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˌka-və-ˈtā-shən ]


Etymology: cavity + -ation

Date: 1895

: the process of cavitating: as

a. : the formation of partial vacuums in a liquid by a swiftly moving solid body (as a propeller) or by high-intensity sound waves ; also : the pitting and wearing away of solid surfaces (as of metal or concrete) as a result of the collapse of these vacuums in surrounding liquid

b. : the formation of cavities in an organ or tissue especially in disease

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.