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vis·cous

 (vĭs′kəs)
adj.
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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viscous

(ˈvɪskəs) or

viscose

adj
1. (of liquids) thick and sticky; viscid
2. having or involving viscosity
[C14: from Late Latin viscōsus; see viscose]
ˈviscously adv
ˈviscousness n
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vis•cous

(ˈvɪs kəs)

adj.
1. of a glutinous nature or consistency; sticky; thick; adhesive.
2. having the property of viscosity.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin viscōsus= Latin visc(um) mistletoe, birdlime (made with mistletoe berries) + -ōsus -ous]
vis′cous•ly, adv.
vis′cous•ness, n.
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vis·cous

(vĭs′kəs)
Having relatively high resistance to flow. As the molecules of a viscous fluid, such as honey, slide past each other, the friction between them causes the fluid to flow very slowly.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.viscous - having a relatively high resistance to flow
thick - relatively dense in consistency; "thick cream"; "thick soup"; "thick smoke"; "thick fog"
2.viscous - having the sticky properties of an adhesive
adhesive - tending to adhere
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viscous

adjective thick, sticky, gooey (informal), adhesive, tenacious, clammy, syrupy, glutinous, gummy, gelatinous, icky (informal), gluey, treacly, mucilaginous, viscid a viscous, white, sticky liquid
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viscous

adjective
Having a heavy, gluey quality:
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Translations
viskoottinen
visceus

viscous

[ˈvɪskəs] ADJviscoso
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

viscous

[ˈvɪskəs] adjvisqueux/euse, gluant(e)
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viscous

adj (form)zähflüssig; (Phys) → viskos
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viscous

[ˈvɪskəs] adjviscoso/a
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vis·cous

a. viscoso-a, gelatinoso-a, pegajoso-a.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

viscous

adj viscoso
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