van der Waals force

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van der Waals force

(văn′ dər wôlz′, wälz′)
n.
A weak attractive force between atoms or nonpolar molecules caused by an instantaneous dipole moment of one atom or molecule that induces a similar temporary dipole moment in adjacent atoms or molecules.
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When a gecko gloms a foot onto a surface, the billion-or-so spatulae that carpet its sole snuggle so close to the surface that intermolecular forces such as van der Waals bonds may come into play, the researchers say.
Weak forces known as van der Waals bonds hold the dots together in these solids.