condensation

noun
con·​den·​sa·​tion | \ ˌkän-ˌden-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce condensation (audio) , -dən- \

Definition of condensation

1 : the act or process of condensing: such as
a : a chemical reaction involving union between molecules often with elimination of a simple molecule (such as water) to form a new more complex compound of often greater molecular weight
b : the conversion of a substance (such as water) from the vapor state to a denser liquid or solid state usually initiated by a reduction in temperature of the vapor
c : compression of a written or spoken work into more concise form an essay greatly in need of condensation
2 : the quality or state of being condensed
3 : a product of condensing read a condensation of the long novel

Other Words from condensation

condensational \ ˌkän-​ˌden-​ˈsā-​shnəl How to pronounce condensation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​dən-​ \ adjective

Examples of condensation in a Sentence

When we heat the house in the winter, condensation forms on the windows. Condensation dripped from the air conditioner. the processes of evaporation and condensation The editor found condensation of the play very difficult. a condensation of one of Shakespeare's plays
Recent Examples on the Web The apparatus, which fits inside a shipping container, heats organic waste materials to create condensation, pulling moisture out of the air and purifying it for later use. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 30 Apr. 2022 The droplets, which formed like condensation on glass, grew in size and number as more chemical precursors were added to the solution. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 19 Apr. 2022 Steam distillation, a process in which canola oil is heated to a boiling point, is used to remove odors from canola oil through condensation. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2022 The condensation process leaves high levels of CO2, making the cone the ideal place to grow other kinds of food. Giovanni Prati, CNN, 9 Feb. 2022 The Hot Tent combo includes a lightweight 20D tent liner, which transforms the single-wall tipi into a double-wall design that better prevents condensation buildup and traps heat better. Corey Hass, Outside Online, 3 Dec. 2016 That's because these two areas are prime spots for humidity and condensation, which can cause damage to the records. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 26 Feb. 2022 Water may enter the rear turn signal LED lights, allowing condensation to form on the circuit board, and causing a short circuit. Detroit Free Press, 12 Feb. 2022 Water may enter the rear turn signal LED lights, allowing condensation to form on the circuit board, and causing a short circuit. USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of condensation

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for condensation

see condense

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The first known use of condensation was in 1594

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5 May 2022

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“Condensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condensation. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for condensation

condensation

noun
con·​den·​sa·​tion | \ ˌkän-ˌden-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce condensation (audio) , -dən- \

Kids Definition of condensation

1 : the act or process of making more compact or concise
2 : something that has been made more compact or concise a condensation of the story
3 : the conversion of a vapor to a liquid (as by cooling)

condensation

noun
con·​den·​sa·​tion | \ ˌkän-ˌden-ˈsā-shən, -dən- How to pronounce condensation (audio) \

Medical Definition of condensation

1 : the act or process of condensing: as
a : a chemical reaction involving union between molecules often with elimination of a simple molecule (as water) to form a new more complex compound of often greater molecular weight
b : the conversion of a substance (as water) from the vapor state to a denser liquid or solid state usually initiated by a reduction in temperature of the vapor
2 : representation of several apparently discrete ideas by a single symbol especially in dreams
3 : an abnormal hardening of an organ or tissue connective tissue condensations

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