Definitions for "Capillary wave"
a wave travelling along a meniscus, whose dynamics are dominated by the effects of surface
A wave in which the velocity of propagation is a function of the surface tension of the water. Wind waves of wavelength less than about 2.5 cm (1") are considered capillary waves.
WAVE whose velocity or propagation is controlled primarily by the surface tension of the liquid in which the WAVE is travelling. A water WAVE in which the WAVE LENGTH is less than 2.5 cm is considered to be a capillary wave, while WAVES longer than 2.5 cm and shorter than 5cm are in an indeterminate zone between CAPILLARY and GRAVITY WAVES. See also RIPPLE. See Figure 10.