condensation

noun
con·​den·​sa·​tion | \ˌkän-ˌden-ˈsā-shən, -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

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Other Words from condensation

condensational \ˌkän-​ˌden-​ˈsā-​shnəl, -​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
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There are small maquettes for commissions in an adjacent gallery, including a study for a 10-foot-tall installation in Denver in which early-morning condensation produced fog (it was later dismantled). Ann Landi, WSJ, "‘Larry Bell: Hocus, Focus and 12’ Review: Thinking Inside the Box," 18 Sep. 2018 Solution: Look at snowmelt patterns, condensation patterns, or rain-drying patterns on the walls and roof. Henry Gifford, Popular Mechanics, "Your House Is Bleeding You Dry. Here Are 9 Steps To Save You Money.," 8 Aug. 2018 Each glass bottle from bkr comes in a silicone sleeve, which not only looks great in colors like fog (gray) and surf (blue) but cushions the bottle when it's tossed in a beach bag, and keeps it from leaving condensation rings on the table. Amy Preiser, ELLE Decor, "Bottle Service," 7 June 2012 Whoever knows it is absent today, or else sharing it with friends somewhere, over cocktails perhaps, leaning to whisper it while ice clinks and condensation forms on the outside of the glass, to each in turn, as if only to them. David Chorlton, azcentral, "Poetry spot: 'The Crowd' by David Chorlton," 11 May 2018 The technology is more than a decade old, said Vaibhav Bahadur, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin who studies condensation. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Washington Post, "Squeezing Water From Air: Mysterious Machine Is A Lifeline On Caribbean Island," 28 June 2018 The Wild Boars had run out of food and light but had survived by sipping the condensation from the cave walls. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018 The manmade stone tops absorb condensation from drinks and their cork backings protect surfaces from scratches. Jean Kressy, BostonGlobe.com, "Ceramic coasters protect tables and absorb moisture," 30 Apr. 2018 Water in your gas tank is often the result of condensation due to temperature changes. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Winter gas blends don't provide freeze protection," 19 Nov. 2017

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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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condensation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of condensation

: small drops of water that form on a cold surface

: the process by which a gas cools and becomes a liquid

: the act or process of making something (such as a piece of writing) shorter : the act or process of condensing something

condensation

noun
con·​den·​sa·​tion | \ˌkän-ˌden-ˈsā-shən, -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- \

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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