Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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The acceptance of a substance, such as oil, water, or other liquid, by the surface of a material, e.g., paper or cloth. Receptivity depends upon the ability of the liquid to wet the surface, as well as upon the initial rate of penetration of the liquid into the surface of the material. In the usual interpretation, receptivity connotes penetration occurring under the action of capillary forces only; however, in some printing processes, penetration is abetted by the pressure of a nip. See also: ABSORBENCY ; HOLDOUT . (17 )

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