A retention of property until outstanding dept is paid.

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In lubrication, either an additive or a compounded lubricant having the property of keeping insoluble matter in suspension thus preventing its deposition where it would be harmful. A detergent may also redisperse deposits already formed.


The property of a lubricant that causes it to cling or adhere to a solid surface.


Property of a lubricant that acts to prevent scuffing or scoring of metal parts.


A property of a solid-liquid system manifested by the tendency of the liquid in contact with the solid to rise above or fall below the level of the surrounding liquid; this phenomenon is seen in a small bore (capillary) tube.


That property of a lubricant that produces low friction under conditions of boundary lubrication. The lower the friction, the greater the oiliness.


That property of a lubricating grease which is manifested by a softening in consistency as a result of shearing followed by a hardening in consistency starting immediately after the shearing is stopped.


This property describes the degree and rate at which a liquid will vaporize under given conditions of temperature and pressure. When liquid stability changes, this property is often reduced in value.


The state or property of submitting to change or of tending to increase the departure from original conditions after being disturbed.


A property captured at sea in virtue of the rights of war, as a vessel.


The property of a range which determines the rapidity with which the two lights of the range open up as a vessel moves laterally from the range line, indicating to the mariner that he is off the center line.

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