What will happen if the paper makes contact with that liquid, water?
When the paper is applied to the water in the beaker, the water seems to move its way up.
This occurs due to a property of water called adhesion. Adhesive forces are the attractive forces between unlike molecules. Water is attracted to other molecules. Thus, adhesive forces pull water molecules to some other type of substance like plant cell walls or paper.
This phenomenon can also be observed in plants. Water clings on to the sides of xylem cells due to this property of adhesion, which allows the water to move from the roots to the rest of the plant up the sides of the tube in the xylem.
Water's (CL) Water has the property of adhesion. (EV) This is evident by the water's ability to come its way up the paper shown in the "jaw drop" slide. (RE) Water molecules must have been attracted to the molecules of the paper allowing its diffusion upwards.