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    meaning of 'for'

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    Part of Table 12-2:
    Liquid----Temprature---Surface tension
    water---0---75.6
    water---20---72.8
    water---60---66.2


    Surface tension usually decreases as temprature increases; Table 12-2 illustrates this behavior for water.

    My question is, what's the meaning of 'for' here?
    M-W's Collegiate Dictionary has ten meanings of 'for' as preposition:
    1)indicating purpose/goal <a grant for studying medicine>
    2)constituting <egg for breakfast>
    3)enumeration/selection <for one thing>
    4)because of <can't sleep for the heat>
    5)in place of / on behalf of / in favor of <go to the store for me> <speak for the court>
    6)in spite of <for all his large size, he moves gracefully>
    7)with respect to , concerning <heavy for its size>
    8)equivalence <$10 for a hat>
    9) duration
    10) in honor of


    Would you please help me match one of these definitions to the 'for' in 'illustrate this behavior for water'?
    Thank you very much !
    Last edited by peteryoung; 18-May-2005 at 09:03.

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    Re: meaning of 'for'

    Hi Peter,

    So here's how I understand the passage you quoted in your post.

    The table is a numerical illustration of the function surface tension vs. temperature. All liquids exhibit some surface tension (e.g. mercury, a liquid metal, has very high surface tension), but those particular data are FOR water. This simply means that for other liquids, a different set of data would be needed to represent the phenomenon correctly.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Tomasz

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    Re: meaning of 'for'

    I'd say 3, but you could also say 2.

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    Re: meaning of 'for'

    Thanks!

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