Torricellian

Definition of Torricellian

Tor`ri`cel´li`an
a.1.Of or pertaining to Torricelli, an Italian philosopher and mathematician, who, in 1643, discovered that the rise of a liquid in a tube, as in the barometer, is due to atmospheric pressure. See Barometer.
Torricellian tube
a glass tube thirty or more inches in length, open at the lower end and hermetically sealed at the upper, such as is used in the barometer.
Torricellian vacuum
(Physics) a vacuum produced by filling with a fluid, as mercury, a tube hermetically closed at one end, and, after immersing the other end in a vessel of the same fluid, allowing the inclosed fluid to descend till it is counterbalanced by the pressure of the atmosphere, as in the barometer.
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