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Meaning of van der Waals' equation

van' der Waals'" equa'tion

Pronunciation: (van' dur wälz", wôlz" Du. vän" dur väls'), [key]
— Thermodynamics. Thermodynamics.
  1. an equation of state relating the pressure, volume, and absolute temperature of a gas, taking into account the finite size of the molecules and the attractive force between them.
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