What is the technical term for this phenomenon in English? I remember studying this long time ago in my physics course: the phenomenon that there is a tension on the surface of a drop of water what holds this drop together until its mass overweighs the tension and it drops. I would like to know the technical word for this phenomenon. I myself would say, "tension," "pull," but how would I make it absolutely clear I am talking about a specific physical phenomenon? "A pull of a drop of water?" Does it cut it?