In fluid dynamics, drag refers to forces which act on a solid object in the direction of the relative fluid flow velocity...
of a fluid
In physics, a fluid is a substance that continually deforms under an applied shear stress. Fluids are a subset of the phases of matter and include liquids, gases, plasmas and, to some extent, plastic solids....
which is being deformed by either shear
Shear as a noun may refer to:*Bias , in clothing design, fabric may be cut on the shear*Cosmic shear, an effect of distortion of image of distant galaxies due to deflection of light by matter, as predicted by general relativity *Shear , a form of fault in rocks*Simple shear, a special case of...
or tensile stress. In everyday terms (and for fluids only), viscosity is "thickness" or "internal friction". Thus, water
Water is a chemical substance with the chemical formula H2O. A water molecule contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms connected by covalent bonds. Water is a liquid at ambient conditions, but it often co-exists on Earth with its solid state, ice, and gaseous state . Water also exists in a...
is "thin", having a lower viscosity, while honey
Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees is the one most commonly referred to and is the type of honey collected by beekeepers and consumed by humans...
is "thick", having a higher viscosity. Put simply, the less viscous the fluid is, the greater its ease of movement (fluidity).
Viscosity describes a fluid's internal resistance to flow and may be thought of as a measure of fluid friction
Friction is the force resisting the relative motion of solid surfaces, fluid layers, and/or material elements sliding against each other. There are several types of friction:...