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1. Having relatively high resistance to flow.
2. Viscid; sticky.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin viscōsus; see viscose.]

vis′cous·ly adv.
vis′cous·ness n.
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Noun1.viscousness - resistance of a liquid to shear forces (and hence to flow)
consistency, eubstance, consistence, body - the property of holding together and retaining its shape; "wool has more body than rayon"; "when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake"
stickiness - the property of sticking to a surface
sliminess - a property resembling or being covered with slime
glueyness, gluiness, gumminess, ropiness, tackiness, viscidity, viscidness, cohesiveness - the property of being cohesive and sticky
gelatinousness, glutinosity, glutinousness - the property of having a viscosity like jelly
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