n (1) A term used loosely in the paint and adhesives industries to denote overall consistency, i.e., a combination of viscosity, density, pastiness, tackiness, etc. (2) An aspect of fabric quality, akin to Drape and Hand. (3) A general term referring to viscosity, consistency, and flow of a vehicle or ink. (4) Used also to describe the increase in viscosity by polymerization of drying oils at high temperatures. (5) A practical term widely used to give a qualitative picture of consistency. For Newtonian liquids, both is the same as viscosity.