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1. The sudden formation and collapse of low-pressure bubbles in liquids by means of mechanical forces, such as those resulting from rotation of a marine propeller.
2. The pitting of a solid surface.
3. Medicine The formation of cavities in a body tissue or an organ, especially those formed in the lung as a result of tuberculosis.

[From cavity.]

cav′i·tate′ v.


vb (intr)
to form cavities or bubbles
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Without sufficient NPSH, a self-priming centrifugal pump can cavitate and lose prime.
This would make the pump cavitate and stop the pump.
Some other designs use a horizontal shock damper but the damper is under-sized and the fluid can cavitate and lose its effectiveness.
This unusual presentation is marked by the presence of one or more nodules that may or may not cavitate.
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Trim the engine/outdrive up and the bow rises--too much, and the hull can porpoise and the props aerate or cavitate.
If it had been over 2,000, the hydraulics would cavitate, causing vapor bubbles to form in the pump.
8) squamous-cell carcinoma is the most common histological type of lung cancer to cavitate (82% of cavitary primary lung cancer, Figure 1), followed by adenocarcinoma (Figure 2) and large cell carcinoma.
This may cause the feed pump to cavitate and ultimately fail, therefore providing insufficient feed water to the boiler.
The lack of fluid had caused the hydraulic pump to cavitate, overheat and catch fire, which forced an emergency landing in Iraq.
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