vena contracta

vena contracta

noun, plural ve·nae con·trac·tae [vee-nee kuh n-trak-tee] /ˈvi ni kənˈtræk ti/. Hydraulics.

  1. any of the locations in a jet of fluid emerging from an orifice where the cross section of the jet is at a minimum, especially the location of minimum cross section nearest the orifice.

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