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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web Otherwise, the humid air in the crawl space hits the cold floor, causing condensation that allows mildew to take hold. Washington Post, "Is a French drain the solution for my wet crawl space?," 26 Apr. 2021 Some of the items found floating in the water had been disgorged from inside the Nanggala: pieces of Muslim prayer mats, special sponges for clearing condensation, and a bottle of grease used to lubricate periscopes. New York Times, "Debris From Indonesian Submarine Is Found, Dimming Hopes of Rescue," 24 Apr. 2021 Any sign of condensation beneath the glass should be taken very seriously. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best Cartier watch," 9 Apr. 2021 The leak-proof screw cap is accessible with one hand and this features powder-coat, sweat-free technology to cut down on condensation. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Beer Growler," 15 Mar. 2021 The leak-proof screw cap is accessible with one hand and this features powder-coat, sweat-free technology to cut down on condensation. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Beer Growler," 15 Mar. 2021 The blanket will keep the sleeping bag from being soaked in condensation and the tarp will provide a stronger layer against wind and rain. oregonlive, "In Portland, some neighborhood associations assist homeless residents, rather than rally to eject them," 27 Mar. 2021 This will keep you cooler and reduce condensation inside the tent. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tents for Your Next Camping or Backpacking Trip," 23 Mar. 2021 The leak-proof screw cap is accessible with one hand and this features powder-coat, sweat-free technology to cut down on condensation. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Beer Growler," 15 Mar. 2021

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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 2021

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“Condensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condensation. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for condensation

condensation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of condensation

: small drops of water that form on a cold surface
technical : 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 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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