hydrophilic substance means it is attracted to water hydrophobic substance means it is immiscible with water But the fact is the property of hydrophobic is more to do with water not wanting to bind with them. Not them hating water. They would bind if a drop of them was thrown onto water. Likewise hydrophilic substance is not they wanting to bind with water but rather water wanting to bind with them. i.e. a drop of hydrophilic substance would form a bead instead of forming a film on the water. I just thought I would share this strange fact.